Here are six questions to ask yourself before every run.
For many motivated trail runners, the most important workout is deciding not to run.
Nearly every major injury or setback starts as a minor concern.
Like a leaking ceiling, it’s a little drip you can ignore. Let it drip for too long, though, and the whole ceiling could come crashing down.
Stress fractures are the best example of what can go wrong from a persistent drip. A 2002 article in the Journal of Athletic Training provides a comprehensive overview of all the research up to that point. Bone endures stress from activities like trail running, remodeling itself from that stress “to more efficiently endure external forces.” So running actually makes your bones stronger … to a point.