Worn out gear
Running with improper form or worn out shoes are common problems that put excessive stress and load on the body, slowing recovery and often leading to injury. In addition, everyone has slightly different physiology, and some runners need more recovery time than others.
Even if you have new shoes and perfect form, it’s important to schedule regular rest days into your training plan. It takes time to develop a training schedule that fits your needs. But if you generally feel fatigued and sore, chances are good that you need more rest and recovery.
Your body is constantly adapting to changes like physical and emotional stress, training load or even aging. “No variable ever remains constant,” Salloum says. “Once in a while, a hiccup occurs with our body’s ability to handle ever-changing loads, resulting in injury.”
It’s how we approach these injuries mentally and physically that makes all the difference.