The secret to running without injuries

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - We have been counting down to one of the biggest sporting events the area has ever seen, the inaugural Rock 'n' Roll Marathon. An estimated 23,000 runners hit the pavement in just 20 short days, including many from right here at WTOC.

We have had our share of ups and downs over the last several months. Our team has experienced our share of victories including accomplishing some things we never thought we could. On the flip side, we have had our share of disappointments like wrestling with some pretty serious injuries.

So many of us love running. There's nothing like that feeling, but believe it or not, the experts tell me no matter how careful you are, if you run, you will get hurt. What you do next will make all the difference. "My number one tip is don't run through pain. Too many people wait too late to get your injuries checked out. If you feel pain, there is something wrong with your body. If you have any pain you should stop immediately and have it checked out. If there is any swelling that is a big sign or bruising they need to ice it. We use the term rice which stands for rest, ice, compression,elevation. You should do that immediately after you have any swelling in that area," explains Fleet Feet Sports Savannah's certified trainer, Lydia DePue.

Sometimes the pain can lead to serious injuries that could completely derail your training program. Believe it or not, many of those injuries can be linked to your shoes. Plain and simple, many of us are running in worn out shoes. "I recommend running up to six months per pair of shoes. Those shoes can break down easily. If you are someone who runs more than twenty to thirty miles a week, you probably need to get a new shoe every three to four months," adds DePue.

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