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Ready, Set, Don’t Get Injured

The New York Times reports on the return of marathon season since its pause due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and HSS sports medicine physician Jordan D. Metzl, MD, explained how to avoid injury during the training period.

According to Dr. Metzl, “Your body right now is not the same body you had two years ago, so you’ve got to pay attention to that. I’ve been talking to patients about closing the gap between where you are and where your mind thinks you are.”

Dr. Metzl recommended investing time in strength training and cross training. “Every time you run, it’s a battle of man or woman against the ground. And the ground wins every time,” he cited.

Dr. Metzl also advised runners to be mindful of the “Rules of Too” – doing too much, too quickly. He said drastically increasing mileage or workout intensity can create a greater risk for an overuse injury.

If pain causes a shift in mechanics or running form, it might be time to consult with a doctor, he noted.

This article appeared in print on September 13 and online at NYTimes.com. A subscription is required to access.