Thursday, March 27, 2008

10% Rule

Many of you run all year long, but others enjoy the snow (or the couch) in the winter. Even though the weather's not cooperating, we're all starting to get excited about the season and all the fun running ahead. As you get ready for an event or just start to get out a little more, pay heed to the 10% rule. Simply speaking, this is the rule that says you shouldn't increase your mileage by more than 10% a week. Like any rule, it can be broken with varying degrees of success. Some are lucky enough to stay healthy, but so many of the injuries we see and hear about could be avoided. Gradually building a base and allowing your body to adapt to the miles will help you avoid the injury bug. It can be hard to hold back as your fitness builds and the weather turns but a little patience now usually pays off later. enjoy-Teague

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