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Archive for Preventing Injuries

December 25th, 2012

U.S. Army-Baylor – Minimalist Runners Report Fewer Injuries

Running at NightAnother study has been published suggesting that minimalist runners experience fewer running injuries. Just a few short years ago, there was no scientific evidence that running barefoot or minimalist could help you prevent injuries. If anything, the thought seemed ludicrous. Yet here we sit, with a new study that notes that runners in traditional shoes are getting injured nearly 3.5x more than those wearing minimalist shoes.

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November 13th, 2012

The Importance of Sleep For Runners

Sleeping DogWe spend a lot of time here at Sleek Running essentially begging runners to take care of their bodies. But staying healthy goes far beyond simply being careful. It involves actively resting.


You need to take days off, on purpose – and you need to sleep. More.

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October 23rd, 2012

Don’t Be a Badass

Don't Be A BadassLots of runners run through injuries.

Don’t do it.

It’s one of the dumbest things you can do.

Yes, I know that you’ve got goals. I know you want to set a PR, lose that weight, and take out the frustrations of the daily grind on the black top. But don’t do it. Rest, and do whatever you can to recover.

This is a huge problem for runners of all demographics. Even I, someone who preaches this, sometimes have trouble telling myself to back off.

But you have to do it.

Why is this? We all know psychologically that if we aren’t healthy, we can’t perform well enough to accomplish our goals. But so many of us, especially those of us who grew up as athletes, were taught to ignore pain, push through and finish strong. Not doing so meant you were lazy, weak, or didn’t have the will to succeed.

And you know what? Maybe to a degree, that’s true. It’s considered honorable to fight to achieve your goals. It gives a great sense of personal satisfaction to achieve a goal. And it gives you even more personal satisfaction during the journey, because you know you’ve got the guts to put yourself out there, even if you fail.

Now, are we done with the macho talk? Okay, good. Let’s think about this logically for a minute.

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September 4th, 2012

Running Like the Kenyans Do (Part II)

Football FieldIn the first part of this article, we learned about how the unique culture, climate, and attitude of Kenya contributes to their superb distance running abilities. We also accepted that we aren’t going to magically become as talented as a Kenyan simply by doing as they do (they say imitation is the highest form of flattery). However, we did point out four things that Kenyans do when training that you can apply to your own. We’re back today with four more points that will help you improve your form, your speed, and help prevent injury.

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August 21st, 2012

Running Like the Kenyans Do (Part I)

The world of competitive distance running has been historically dominated by people from a single country: Kenya. In recent years, many people have attempted to figure out what exactly happens in Kenya that allows them to churn out so many talented distance runners. Results are murky. The answer appears to be some combination of a multitude of factors including: training philosophy, terrain, altitude, equipment (or lack of), lifestyle, diet, body type, attitude, and running surface. Regardless of what the answer truly is, the fact remains that Kenyans are superior runners.

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