Steps for Safer Autumn Training Runs

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As autumn approaches, many people look forward to getting out for a run in the cooler weather.

While some consider fall the best time of year for training to run in organized races, Ken Bruno, MSPT, CSCS, of the Hartford HealthCare Rehabilitation Network, says that it’s important to remember some precautions to take before you lace up your sneakers. He has a few tips that will help you stay safe, prevent injury and make your run all that much more enjoyable:

  • Wear highly visible gear when out running on local roads (if at dusk or dawn wear something reflective and/or lighted)
  • Try and run in well lit, populated areas
  • Do not run with earphones
  • As the weather is changing make sure to layer your clothing to avoid thermal injury
  • Be sure to stay hydrated
  • If unsure how to start a running program, reach out to a coach (like me) or your local running club
  • Before beginning any exercise program, consult your medical professional for clearance
  • Invest in the right type of shoe for you (don’t follow marketing or the latest fad)
  • Avoid advancing your training volume too fast as it leads to possible injury
  • If you do enter a race, make sure you aren’t doing anything new on race day (nutrition, clothing, equipment) and always practice your nutrition during your training runs

Even the most diligent athlete suffers from an injury now and then. Work toward preventing them or fixing them with help from the sports health team at Hartford HealthCare. Get more information about those services here.


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