As much as you hate (or love) to admit it, Summer is coming to an end and race/running season with it.  Whether you’re a year round runner or a fair weather runner like myself, the more you run, the more you expose your body to stress and forces beyond typical “wear and tear”.  At this point of the year, the wear and tear can really start to take it’s toll.  It’s possible that you’re coming into your peak and feel great but some of you might really be feeling the miles.  Either way, throughout your training you may have started to utilize compensations to propel yourself which is why it’s especially important to take note of any aches and pains you’ve started to notice.  This is your body trying to tell you that something is off so the question becomes, what’s off and what can be done about it.

 In order to achieve every movement of daily life the body utilizes neurological motor programs so that you don’t have to think about every step you take or every move you make .  However, during your training as you’ve been trying to build strength and endurance, small compensations start to set in, re-programming the way you move and the muscles you utilize to propel yourself.  There are so many intricacies to running with good form and appropriate function that we don’t have time to think about each aspect while we’re out there trying to get in our long run.   At SIMIO we help you make sure that your body is functioning correctly and that you aren’t putting yourself at an increased risk for injury.  I think it’s safe to say that no one wants to train all year just to fall short weeks before you reach your goal or maybe worse, your last big race.  Listen to your body, don’t ignore aches or pains and remember, big problems usually start small.