How To: Running Through The Pain

Thank you to Meredith, an incredibly accomplished runner, for this blog post. Check her out at: https://www.instagram.com/ecrunproject/ and https://twitter.com/ecrunproject

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Running is fun.  Except when it’s not.  Any variety of chronic pain disorders can make running seem impossibly intimidating. The good news is, it doesn’t have to be. Running and jogging can be important weapons in your pain management arsenal.  Here are a few big ways that getting out there for a mile or two can help you conquer all of your pesky aches and pains.

Breaking Free

The cycle of pain can make you feel like freedom running provides is impossible for you to achieve.  Physical pain makes us want to protect ourselves, which can lead to a host of other issues; a loss of mobility, muscle weakness, a loss of normal bodily function, and finally, a horrible frustration no one enjoys.  Heading out for a short run, whether it’s around the block or around the neighborhood, will help you break that cycle. You will get stronger and become more confident; you’ll also get to experience the world famous runner’s high and be back for more in no time.  All while building muscle, regaining normal function, and removing mental obstructions.

Become a Go Getter.

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Once you are regularly tackling your favorite running route with a smile, try to start setting goals for yourself.  Push your run for one more minute, sign up for a walks or races, check out a new trail; your imagination is the only limit.  Setting small goals and then achieving them will give you an important and amazing sense of accomplishment. Plus, all those small goals can add up to something pretty big.

Make New Friends.  

The truth about running is that for most people, it isn’t about running at all.  Yes, the thrill of crossing a finish line or showing off a shiny new medal on race day is wonderful, but the hidden gem of the running hobby is the community.  No matter who you are or where you live, there’s likely a running group for you to join. Running groups or clubs are usually filled with people from every walk of life; running serves as their great equalizer.  Fast runners support slower runners, young runners support older runners, and if you’re having a bad day, there is always someone who will stick with you.

Break your pain cycle and eliminate your frustration through running.  You’ll be glad you did, and you might just come away with a few shiny medals and new friends of your own.

Meredith O'Brien