Hey.....i'm going into my sophmore year of hs and I run xc and track. I really enjoy running and when healthy I can run pretty fast times. The problem is staying healthy. I do everything I can to stay healthy and injury free ( stretching, iceing, using the stick). I have a problem, after about 3-4 weeks of distance training I feel the "bad pain" of running all over my legs when I finish my daily running. After a while it gets really intense so I can hardly walk when I get home from practice. And after another month it increases to pain that makes running unbearable without taking painkillers 24/7 and slows down my times a lot. So, I was wondering if anyone had any ideas that could help me or anyone else had this problem. I would really like to continue distance running but it seems pointless if I can't go a month without hurting myself.ANY SUGGESTIONS?
Yes, I had the same problems when I ran Cross Country in high school.
You are increasing your mileage too fast, not allowing your body to adjust, and are not giving yourself sufficient rest. Some people are more prone to injury than others; you as well as myself are two of those people.
I'm sure you have an idea what type of weekly mileage you'll be doing when cross country practice begins. Use the summer to build up to this level slowly. Give yourself more rest than you think you need. Continue stretching and iceing your legs even on days you don't run.
I would also run a few 5K's or 5 milers to get body used to racing.