Light on Your Feet
Last December, the British Journal of Sports Medicine published a study on running injuries in women.
The study brought together 249 experienced runners. It tracked impact loading – the damage done by pounding the pavement, to see if there were patterns to injuries.
Over the course of two years, more than 100 of the participants reported a serious injury that required medical aid. Forty more indicated that they'd had a minor injury. The remaining 100 or so avoided injury.
Of those 100 runners, 21 reported that they'd never actually had a running injury before. The researchers compared this small group with the rest of the group's impact loading on a pressuresensitive track. They found that, even after controlled for weight and mileage, the 21 never-injured runners were literally lighter on their feet, with very short durations and force of impact with each foot strike.
The researchers’ conclusion: literally think about being lighter on your feet and having a soft landing. Also, try increasing your cadence to help with a lighter more nimble stride – unless, of course, you have never experienced a running injury. Then, just keep doing what you're doing.