I have some pain – Should I rest or run?
I have some pain – Should I rest or run?
We've all been there as a runner. You have a slight running niggle or are experiencing some pain and the million dollar question is "Should I run or rest?"
On this quick video, Brad and Lindsey discuss what signs indicate that it is ok to run and which signs should tell you to rest.
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Brad Brown: Welcome onto the next edition of Run with Coach Parry, I’m Brad Brown and we’ve got the coach with us once again, Lindsey Parry, Lindsey, howzit?
Lindsey Parry: Very good thanks Brad, how are you?
BB: Very, very good thanks. It’s that time of the year where people are starting to ramp up mileage, particularly ahead of the Comrades Marathon and these sort of questions keep popping up more and more often on our forums where somebody has picked up a light niggle or they’ve got a big of a pain somewhere and I think this is probably a good time to answer this question Lindsey.
Is it a good idea to push through a slight niggle or if you’re feeling some pain when you’re training?
To run or rest? That is the question
LP: The very simple answer to that question is no and I’m going to quality if because obviously there are firstly exceptions to that and secondly, most runners are going to flat out ignore that advice. We’re going to talk through how you make the decision about whether that’s a good idea or not a good idea.
Any pain or niggle that you’ve picked up is really a sign from your body that you’ve overdone it and you do need some sort of modification, quite often a day or two of rest and everything is taken care of.
Pain when running is a sign that something is not right
What’ve come to accept over the years is that it’s very difficult for people to stop, especially when they’re training for a goal that’s providing real fear and/or motivation to get the job done is that people will continue to train with injuries.
How do we make this decision about what is being stupid and potentially causing you lots of harm and headache and heartache from missing weeks of training and what is the sort of thing that we can continue to train with? I really break it down into very simple things to understand.
Number one, when I’m running and I’m running with pain, is there any progression in pain? That goes for during the run, if I start running and the longer I run the more painful it gets, that means you have to get some help.
What happens when the pain from gets worse from running?
Rest as an absolute minimum, some sort term rest, but you absolutely have to get some help, otherwise it’s going to get worse and worse, become chronic. It gives you loads of problems and you’re going to miss out on weeks of training.
The second thing is progression around after session, so in between sessions. So, I run today, my Achilles is sore, I run today and while I’m running it actually doesn’t feel too bad, possibly even feels a little bit better but as soon as I stop running, maybe between 30-50 minutes after the run, the Achilles is noticeably more painful or in the morning when I wake up, that’s the next day, it’s noticeably more painful.
If any of those two scenarios occur, then you’ve got to get treatment and you’ve got to stop exercising, otherwise it’s going to end up in a place where you potentially miss out altogether on the race that you’re training for.
If there’s no change, in other words, running is not allowing it to get better and it’s not getting any worse, then I would still encourage treatment because then I think you could carry on training and get treatment and it would get better and it would start to get better, but I would seek treatment.
What happens when the pain doesn't get worse when I run?
Obviously there’s the third kind which is just where we overdo it ever so slightly. It’s pretty irritated maybe for one or two runs but each time I run and certainly after runs it’s definitely getting better and better.
Those types of little overreaching niggles, for sure, we can train through those.
Obviously if it keeps occurring in the same place, same thing applies, go to someone, get a professional, try and figure out why it keeps recurring, loosen up, release whatever needs to be released and get a couple of home-based exercises that you can do to strengthen and/or correct wherever the little issue is there and we carry on training.
That’s in a nutshell how you would decide how clever it is to carry on training with an injury or a niggle.
BB: Lindsey, I know often it’s driven by finances where people go, I don’t really want to go see a physio or a bio, but often if you just err on the side of caution and go and see a professional, sooner rather than later, the quicker you get it sorted, the quicker your chances are of having it fixed and also the better your chances are that it doesn’t turn into something major.
Short term financial pain for long term running gain
LP: Yes and as you say, spending a little bit of money in the short term might save you a lot of money in the long term. If treatment is needed and you love running and you want to make it to race day, sometimes you’ve just got to accept that a couple of hundred rand is going to make a big difference to your quality of life, quality of running and ability to get the job done on race day.
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Lindsey, as always, thanks for your time, we look forward to catching up again next week.
LP: Cheers Brad.