Runners suffer from all kinds of foot issues and we're especially vulnerable in the summertime. Running in hot weather can make your feet sweaty and swollen, which can lead to issues such as foot blisters, chafing, black toenails, and burning feet. Check out these articles on how to keep your feet healthy, so you don't get sidelined from running this summer:
Shin pain is one of the most common complaints I hear from beginner runners. If you experience shin pain when running, it may be because of weak anterior tibalis muscles, which are on the front side of your lower leg. This muscle is responsible for flexing the foot upward and, because it's often underdeveloped in non-runners, you may experience shin pain if you're new to running or you increase your distance too quickly.
Doing toe raises a few times a week can help develop the muscle and prevent shin splints.
When you first started running, did you have someone who served as a running mentor for you? He or she may have given you information about recommended gear, running books, where to run, or the best races to run.
If you have some experience with running now and feel comfortable sharing your knowledge, you may want to adopt a new runner of your own. Offer your free advice to a friend or family member who's new to running. If they're looking for help (some may be just fine on their own), you can provide your newbie runner with some basic training advice and gear knowledge and, more importantly, much-needed encouragement.
Consider going on some runs with your newbie. Although running with him or her may not be challenging physically for you, watching a new runner get excited about running will help renew your own motivation to run.
Get more tips on how to help beginner runners.
Whether you're a beginner or advanced runner, improving your running form can help you run quicker, more efficiently, and with less stress on your body. For example, some runners bounce too much when they run, wasting precious energy and increasing the rate at which their legs fatigue.
Check out the following links to get advice on perfecting your running form: