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Common male running problems: part two

A few weeks back, we discussed two issues affecting male runners: chafing, and hematuria. In part two of the series, we talk about athlete’s foot and weekend warrior syndrome. Note: while these issues also impact females, they tend to be more common in males.

Athlete’s foot

What is athlete’s foot? Athlete’s foot is an infection caused by a fungus living in a moist environment, like a shower, sauna, and bathroom. To grow and produce symptoms, the fungus must have another warm and moist environment to breed — like the inside of your running sneaker.

Symptoms of athlete’s foot

  1. Itching
  2. Redness
  3. Flaky skin
  4. Pain

Treat athlete’s foot
The best way to treat athlete’s foot is with a topical ointment like zinc oxide, which is found in most diaper rash creams, and talcum powder. Apply the cream to dry feet and follow up with the powder. In addition, it is recommended you go barefoot or shoeless while the condition is most active (but avoid shared showers and moist environments).

Prevent athlete’s foot

  1. Use shoes when showering in a communal bathroom
  2. Let feet air dry for several minutes before putting shoes on
  3. Take running sneakers and socks off immediately after a run

Weekend warrior syndrome

Another traditionally common running issues men face are musculoskeletal injuries, like ITB syndrome, and knee pain because of improper training or “weekend warrior” syndrome. This also affects women who work long hours and only train on the weekends.

What is weekend warrior syndrome? Pain or injury associated with training only two days per week and running a significant amount of miles in those two days.

Symptoms of  weekend warrior syndrome 

  1. Musculoskeletal pain
  2. Fatigue
  3. Injury
  4. Irritability

Prevent weekend warrior syndrome

Cramming too much running into one weekend can increase your risk for injury and impair your ability to enjoy the sport. When you can only workout two times a week, you need to extend your training cycle. Expect to make slower progress towards goals compared to those individuals running more.

Some additional tips:

  1. Alternate weeks of easy, hard, and medium mileage.
  2. Every 3 weeks, rest on one of your two running days.
  3. Decrease work/family commitments for one week per month to add additional weekly runs

What are some other running problems you’d like to learn more about? Leave a comment below or email us.

Written by Danielle Bressoud.