The best lesson you can learn as a runner is one that can be very simple, but that can take us years of running to completely master – Sore vs. Pain.
What exactly is the difference in being sore and being in pain?
This is a fine line that requires you to really tune into your body and listen. However, once you start listening to your body and what it is telling you, you’ll be able to treat it more appropriately in order to help prevent injuries.
What are some signs that you are dealing with soreness?
– worse at the start of a run, but gets better as you loosen up
– occurs a day or two after a tough workout
– generally lasts 2-3 days
– dull or general discomfort all over
– feels achy, stiff, or tight
– improves with rest or an EASY shakeout walk/run
What are some signs that is is actually pain and could be an injury?
– requires you to actually change your stride
– lasts more than 3 days
– doesn’t improve with rest
– sharp, deep, or intense pain in one spot (ie. – hip or knee)
– any swelling is a red flag
If you are dealing with soreness it is possible to push through as long as you listen to your body and follow these tips:
– start your workouts slow until your body warms up
– allow yourself extra rest & recovery time (like more naps!)
– stretch and roll like it is your job
If you are dealing with pain that will not subside it is time to take a few days off running, I know it is hard, but it is best.
Then, if after 3 days of rest you are still in pain it is time to see a doctor.
Let me know –
– What tips and ticks do you use to tell the difference between sore vs. pain?