Run Into Fall: Reasons to Love Autumn Running, Guelph’s Best Running Routes, and Common Running Injuries Treated and Prevented with Massage Therapy
4 Top Reasons to Love Autumn Running
Many runners see autumn as the best season for the sport. So whether you are an avid runner or just new to the sport read on to find out where Guelph’s runners love to practice their sport, and why autumn is the best time to run. However with any sport, injuries can happen and running is no exception. Learn what those injuries are and how massage therapy can help. Now if you still need a little convincing if autumn is the best season for running…..here are some reasons to fall for fall running.
- Perfect temperatures and spectacular scenery – this combination makes running feel a little more enjoyable and effortless this time of year. Breathing in the fresh crisp fall air as the many brightly coloured leaves dance by you. Sensory overload at its finest.
- Fun races – while there are many charitable races for runners to participate in…..fall brings some fun runs too. The ever popular Guelph Thanksgiving Day Races which is one of the oldest running events in Canada first run in 1894. Check guelphvictors.ca for all information on the thanksgiving day races and find which suits you best. Hit the neighbourhood trails with the popular Westminister Woods 5km run on Saturday October 26th, the Winter Festival Run on Saturday November 14, or the Santa Shuffle and Elf Walk on Saturday December 5th. Fun for the whole family.
- More free time….hopefully. Fall signals a return to routines and hopefully some free time for you. Make the most of whatever extra time you have to enjoy a trail run at your own pace.
- More space…..Many runners head inside during the cooler temps of fall which gives you lots of room to swing your arms and stretch those legs to your heart’s content.
Some of Guelph’s Best Running Trails and Routes
There are many to satisfy elite and novice runners. At mapmyrun.com you can find a route that suites you best or see what some runners have listed as their fave routes that take you thru some of Guelph’s neighbourhoods and trails.
River Trail – a 5km trail that starts and ends at the boathouse downtown and heads east along the speed river to Victoria road and back.
Dam Run – a 13 km run that takes you through riverside park, thru pine and cedar forests to Guelph lake and back.
Starkey Hill Trail/Loop – a beautiful 4km loop thru mature forest located on Arkell road just past Watson road. Park your car and enjoy a scenic run.
Preservation Park – south of Kortright, you will find beautiful bike free loops of trails that take you thru forest and wetlands.
Silvercreek Trail – starting near the Gordon Street covered bridge this trail follows the speed river to the hanlon expressway, thru residential neighbourhoods until it meets with the hanlon creek trail across from stone road mall.
For more of Guelph’s running trails…visit www.gulephtrails.blogspot.ca
Common Running Injuries and how Massage Therapy Can Help Treat and Prevent Them
Both seasoned and new runners can fall victim to common running injuries while trying to reach their fitness goals. Fortunately massage therapy can help address and prevent some of the common problems that arise with running, and can be the solution for many of these injuries.
Iliotibial Band Syndrome – repetitive movements like running can irritate the band and pain is felt during running at the outside of the thigh near the knee. Massage treatments involving myofascial techniques are very effective.
This tendon runs from the calf muscles down to your heel and is caused by tight calf muscles and overtraining without adequate rest. you will feel pain at the Achilles tendon during and after runs. Massage therapy can help both acute and chronic Achilles tendinitis by loosening the calf muscles and releasing any adhesions in the deeper muscles that may be restricting mobility. If left untreated it can lead to calf strains and plantar fasciitis.
Also known as patellar-femoral syndrome, this is when the kneecap tracks improperly in the knee joint and pain is felt under and around the kneecap. It can be caused by tight quadriceps muscles and weak and inactive gluts. although pain is in the kneecap the dysfunction is in the lateral hip and thigh. Releasing tight muscles in the thigh and reactivating stabilizing muscles like the gluts thru massage are typical treatments.
This is continuous with the Achilles tendon and is a sheet of connective tissue on the soles of the feel that support the arch. irritation can occur when the fascia is irritated or overloaded during running and is felt as sharp pain at the soles of the feet during weight bearing. If left untreated scar tissue and adhesions can form in the fascia which requires deep tissue massage to release them.
Now that you are aware of what injuries can arise while running and how massage can help…don’t wait for pain to address these running injuries. Be proactive as the very massage treatments that can help address running injuries are also those massage treatments that can help prevent them.
Keeping you healthy and active,
Lisa DiLanzo-Brombal, RMT