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Duke Medicine: Flexible running schedule helps prevent injuries

Posted March 11, 2013

There are only hours remaining until an ultra-endurance runner sets a record for running the North Carolina Mountains to Sea Trail - if she makes it on time. WRAL's Tar Heel Traveler joins 52-year-old Diane Van Deren on the trail to tell her inspiring story of perserverance.

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Marathon training requires a pretty strict schedule. If you’re a mom, however, time is not always on your side.

“Being a mom is the best thing that ever happened to me,” says Lacy Jennings, a physical therapist at Duke Sports Medicine. “But it can make sticking to a regular running routine a challenge.”

Having a flexible routine is the only way you’ll stay the course and reduce your risk of injury.

Jennings’ running schedule revolves around her job, her husband’s schedule, and her two children - ages one and three. She believes trouble looms for moms or new runners who cut corners by skipping the warm up or cool down, adding miles too fast, or not incorporating strength and flexibility training into their weekly workout.

There’s not a lot moms can do about time constraints, but there are many ways to decrease injury risk. That may mean squeezing in a short run when a long one is on the schedule. It’s just as important to swap in flexibility, core and strength training when you can’t get to a run at all.

“All runners need a global exercise program that includes strength training, core and flexibility at least three times per week,” says Jennings.

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