Common Running Injuries | How To Overcome and PR Faster

I hope this post on common running Injuries will helpful to you. Welcome to rundreamachieve. I am glad you have made it here.

A big question I get a lot from readers and visitors to is about running injuries.

I write about various topics from how you determine tempo run length to fueling properly for marathons but running injuries is something that is even closer to my heart because of having to deal with them myself personally over the years.

I hate hearing someone having to take time off due to an injury because runners are generally very high strung, focused people.

It isn’t easy for us to back off and relax. We get injured which is really the only way you can make most runners slow down.

The reason is I have been in the predicament of getting in great shape and then having to deal with a injury.

What do you do then and even more importantly what are some remedies to get over common running injuries?

I wanted to write an article on some of the running injuries I have dealt with over the past 21 years.

I hope you can take some ideas away from this bit of information, share it with your friends and family who may be suffering the same issues that you may be dealing with or have dealt with.

Knee Injuries

I competed for Malone University from 1996-2000 and in that time frame, I had to deal with three orthoscopic knee surgeries.

I dealt with patellar tendinitis throughout my high school years and through much of my collegiate years.

I vividly remember Malone head coach Jack Hazen and 2012 London Olympics mens and women’s distance running head coach telling me, ‘Nate, what are going to do when you are my age?’

We couldn’t figure it out.

Cartilage kept breaking off in my knee and the doctors had to keep going in to remove it.

This happened twice on my left knee and once on my right knee.

I was only in my early twenties but this kept happening.

Patellar Tendon Issues

Fortunately, I have not had to deal with any major issues since.

The good thing about orthoscopic knee surgeries is that it is a pretty quick procedure.

The three times I had it done I was on crutches for a few days. Also, was able to start running again after about 4-6 weeks.

Running injuries throw you off your routine and many times cause muscle imbalances.

It is hard to take a break from it all when you get injured. 

You have to be very cautious with this mainly. Remember, don’t be in a rush. The body will heal on its own time.

How do I know?

The doctors had to go in again on my left knee because I was too impatient.

I have learned my lesson. You cannot rush your body back to full health.

God created the human body perfectly. It will heal itself. So, you can still do things to assist the process, provided you have the patience.

Patellar Tendinitis

The good thing about this particular injury is that you can run through it. The number one remedy for an ailment like this is to wear a patellar tendon strap. Of course, nothing is better than complete rest. Pool running is another great alternative to land running.

Patellar Tendinitis is one of the most common running Injuries.


Patellar Tendon Strap

A strap will reduce the strain on the patellar tendon. It will change the angle that the tendon inserts into the patella. In addition, they are a great remedy and you can purchase them for under $20 on amazon.


One of the best things you can do is to ice the knee after you’re done running.

A great remedy is to fill up some styrofoam cups with water. Also, place them in your freezer and once frozen you can peel off the sides.

So, you can massage your knee with the ice cups. It is a simple but effective way to combat patellar tendonitis irritation.

I found this to be one of the best remedies and alleviated the stress I was dealing.

Running injuries like this require a great deal of patience and tenacity.

They don’t go away on our time. The body will heal itself on its own time. Remember, you can quicken the recovery process by taking care of yourself and not waiting for the problem to worsen.

at home businessPlantar Fasciitis

I would rank this as probably the absolute least favorite of the most common running injuries I have had to deal with over the years.

Have you experienced this injury in your own running?

It is one of the hardest running injuries to run through. Why? Well, it is located on the bottom of your foot.

The plantar fascia is a thick tissue that lies under the foot. It connects the heel bone to your toes and creates the arch of your feet.

What causes this running injury? Well, it could be from having high arches or being overweight. In addition, poor shoe choices to having tight achilles tendons or calfs.


Of course, I am not a medical professional. Rest is the number one remedy.

I battled with plantar fasciitis for 8 months when I was assigned to work at a NATO headquarters in Belgium.

I was training heavily to break the 2.22.00 marathon Olympic Trials standard.

What Do I Recommend?

I highly recommend buying the strassburgh sock.

Does it hurt to wear?

No, but trying to wear it while you are sleeping is quite interesting.

It basically pulls your toes back and doesn’t allow the plantar fascia to contract. Thus, taking strain off the fascia and strengthening the arch.

I found it hard to sleep wearing the strassburgh sock. That being said, I still consider it one of the best remedies for fascia issues.

Achilles Tendinitisrunning a faster marathon

Running injuries like this make cringe.

Achilles tendinitis is one of the most common running injuries. I have had so many issues with my achilles tendon over the years I have lost count.

Tendinitis usually is caused by ramping up your mileage too quickly. In addition, not giving your achilles time to adjust to the volume. Also, having tight calf muscles and continuing to run without getting treatment. So,this puts added stress on the tendon.


The number one remedy I recommend is icing. So, take the styrofoam technique I mentioned above and use it religiously.

In addition, it is a simple procedure.

Also, lightly stretch your calf muscle each day. A bilateral heel drop stretch is the number one stretch I would recommend to help with achilles tendinitis.

You can stand at the edge of a stair and gently let your body weight stretch the calf. Hold on to something so you can maintain your balance and not cause more injury to the tendon.

Repeat this stretch 10-20 times once or twice a week.

Ibuprofen can assist with inflammation but will not help with the degenerated achilles tendon.

Heel liftsimage can assist in taking the strain off your achilles. You can place them in your shoes. 

Remember, everyone’s feet are designed differently. So, what shoes you are wearing play a factor. Also, how you run can play a factor in how quickly you heal. Also, how long you have to run with this particular injury.

Ruptured Plantaris Tendon

It can be described as a gastroc (calf muscle) tear.

I suffered this injury at a very crucial time in my sophomore year at Malone University. It was the start of the track season and had to sit out the season due to it.

We were down in Gainesville, Florida doing our spring track and field training at the University of Florida.

Coach Hazen had driven us down in the Malone University bus for a 2-week stay at Camp McConnell. The cam is about a 15 minute drive outside of downtown Gainesville.

I had one of the top bunks and every morning would jump down.

We then would either run or get bussed to downtown Gainesville to do track workouts on the University track.

I had to visit the doctors office as it was so painful by the time we got back to Canton, Ohio, Also, I had to walk on crutches for weeks.

I hope you will never have to experience this injury in your life.

If you are a runner and deal with this. Do not even think of trying to run on it. You will not be able to and isn’t worth the agony.

This is a serious injury and it is, outside of the knee surgeries I had to undergo, the most painful injury I have ever encountered in my years of training and racing.

Simply take a few weeks off. There is no way around it and can take months to recover from.

Run On Soft Surfaces

You take all the stress off of these tendons and hot spots and can mimic land running at the deep end of a pool.

You have the choice to wear a flotation device around your waste to help balance yourself as you run or you can try the much more difficult option of pool running on your own without the assistance of a flotation device.

Running injuries that deal with any part of the body that you need to work at full capability to run properly are some of the hardest obstacles to overcome. That being said, if you take some of the suggestions given above you will be much better off.

You can’t rush yourself back into full health. All you can do is give your body time to heal and try to take as much strain off the effected area as best as you can.

I truly hope some of what I have written will benefit you and help you to maintain motivation through your therapy and recovery. It is only a matter of time before you will be back on the roads, track or treadmill doing what you love most.

If you have experienced any of these injuries or others leave a comment and tell me what you did to get over them.

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