Running on Pavement: How Much Is Too Much?

Running on Pavement: How Much Is Too Much?

As a former high school and collegiate athlete I have had my fair share of running. I competed in high school on a team that placed in the Top 4 in the state of Illinois for 3 straight years. Practices consisted of constant pounding on the pavement from the early summer months throughout the fall. We would run on the pavement 5 days a week in the summer and the fall in during my freshman and sophomore years.

Our team would have ongoing knee problems and shin splints that would began around October. The constant wear and tear on your legs from the pavement is unhealthy. By our Junior year we ran on pavement only 2-3 times a week and the rest we ran on trails in a local state park. That year the shin splints and knee problems had decreased and by the end of that season we all had personal records because we were pain free.

As athletes we are required to push our bodies to the next level in order to perform at our best. But how much do we push before it is too much for our bodies to handle? This is the question each individual has to ask themselves in order to evaluate what punishment their body can take. Determining how much you should run on pavement really depends on your age, health, mileage, and weight.

These are all factors that will play in determining what is acceptable for the constant pounding of your feet on a hard surface. In my opinion 2-3 times a week is just right.

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2 Responses to “Running on Pavement: How Much Is Too Much?”

  1. John
    July 17, 2011 at 8:04 am #

    Thanks for sharing such a nice article!! Very helpful for athlete.

  2. Boby
    July 17, 2011 at 11:19 am #

    Great post!!! I like running.

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