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Should I Push Through The Pain?

by Paulseth & Associates Physical Therapy

It is inevitable that as race day approaches almost all will experience some amount of aches and pains. At this point, many runners are asking: “if I continue to run, will I make this worse?” While simple advice cannot replace a thorough evaluation by a physical therapist, these tips may help to guide you through these rough patches.

It is normal to have muscle soreness that eases as you run. However, pain that is more concerning has the following characteristics:

  • Pain does not subside within a couple hours after running.
  • On a pain scale from 0 (no pain) to 10 (worst pain), pain that exceeds 3 during your run.
  • Sharp pain.
  • Pain that wakes you up at night.
  • Pain that worsens as you run.
  • Pain that continues in the same area every time that you run.

It is important to temporarily decrease the intensity of your training program if these characteristics describe your pain. Remember that a short break from your running progression in the presence of pain can pay off large dividends come the big day. If the pain still continues, consider scheduling a consultation with a physical therapist to assist you in identifying and addressing the cause of your pain.

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