A blog by runners. For runners.

Expert Q+A on plantar fasciitis: what it is and how to treat it

Treating plantar fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis (PF) is one of those dreaded running injuries that can affect any runner – from beginner to veteran – and the painful symptoms can last for months.  We talked to two certified running coaches –  Meredith O’Brien in Virginia Beach, Virg. and Denny Krahe in Lakeland, Fla. – about the topic and got their advice on treating and preventing PF. […]

What’s the deal with cortisone shots? The pros and cons

What's the deal with cortisone shots?

There are few things worse for a runner than being injured – especially when you get hurt while training for a big race. Actually, scratch that. What’s worse is when you seek treatment for an injury – maybe you get fitted for new shoes, take time off from running, and even get physical therapy – but it […]

Study: The factors that increase runners’ risk for injury

What I learned from *only* running for a few months

During training for your first marathon, it was your IT band. Last spring, it was your piriformis. Now you suspect plantar fasciitis is behind the pain in your feet. Sound familiar? Injury is all too common among runners, with 70 percent of us getting hurt at some point during our running careers. However, some runners seem to […]

Home remedies for lower back pain

Treat your lower back pain at home.

Lower back injuries are common and can happen doing everyday activities. Lifting something heavy, bending down the wrong way, or stepping awkwardly during a run can spark back pain. Sometimes these injuries are serious. If you’re in extreme pain or feel numbness or tingling in your legs, call you doctor immediately. If your lower back […]

Running and lower back pain: Seven tips for prevention


Studies show 4 in 5 adults will suffer from back pain at some point in their lives. The severity of low back pain can range from bothersome to debilitating. Minor low back pain may not seem like a big deal. However if you’re a runner, even slight back pain can completely derail your training plans […]

Prevent chafing with homemade balms and creams

Homemade lotions and creams to prevent chafing on the run.

Chafing. That stinging, burning feeling of skin rubbed raw. It leaves ugly marks and can take a while to heal, leaving you uncomfortable through many workouts. We all deal with it at one time or another. It can happen when we least expect it, like in the middle of a 20-miler. Or perhaps you have […]

Can’t run? How to work out with common running injuries

How to work out with common running injuries

There are few things worse than being sidelined from running due to an injury. Thankfully, there are usually other ways you can stay active while you’re waiting for the injury to heal. Of course, all injuries vary in severity and healing times differ, so always follow your doctor’s or physical therapist’s orders. Runner’s knee (patellofemoral pain […]

Achilles tendonitis in runners


By Meredith Franczyk, PT, MPT Achilles tendonitis is one of the most common running injuries.  It is estimated 50 percent of all runners will experience Achilles pain at some point – males more frequently than females. The Achilles tendon is a thick band of tissue located along the back of the lower leg and connects the […]

Help for IT Band pain

it band pain

One of the most common runner injury complaints has to do with the IT band. Whether pain presents first in the knee or hip — or somewhere in between — the injury can take time to manage and heal. If you are experiencing severe, pointed pain, the inflammation has likely become acute. Time off your […]

Six simple ways to stay injury-free


A runner’s worst enemy isn’t the weather, a solo long run, the ruthless competition, or even a missed PR. The one thing that every runner fears is being sidelined from running due to an injury. Yes, the dreaded “i” word. No one wants to be injured, but few of us do everything in our power […]