If you are a serious runner, you are well aware of the aches and pains associated with the sport. Run Healthy: The Runner’s Guide to Injury Prevention and Treatment was written to help you distinguish discomfort from injury. It provides the latest science-based and practical guidance for identifying, treating, and minimizing the most common injuries in track, road, and trail running.
Gain a better understanding of how the musculoskeletal system functions and responds to training. Develop a practical and effective training plan to address the regions where injuries most often occur: feet and toes, ankles, knees, hips, and low back. Learn how a combination of targeted strength training, mobility exercises, and running drills can improve running form, economy, and performance.
When injuries inevitably happen, you’ll know how to identify them, treat them, and recover from them. Get targeted recommendations for some of the most common issues runners face, such as plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendinitis, shin splints, hamstring tendinitis and tendinopathy, and IT band syndrome.
Throughout, you’ll hear from 17 runners on how the techniques in this book helped them overcome their injuries and got them quickly and safely back to training and racing. You’ll also find an in-depth discussion of alternative therapies such as acupuncture, cupping, CBD, cryotherapy, and cleanses to help you separate fact from fiction and decide for yourself which, if any, of these therapies to pursue.
Injuries can and do happen, but with Run Healthy you’ll be running strong for many years to come.
Earn continuing education credits/units! A continuing education exam that uses this book is also available. It may be purchased separately or as part of a package that includes both the book and exam.
AudienceRunners, running coaches, physical therapists, personal trainers, and athletic trainers.
Part I. The Runner’s Body
Chapter 1. Understanding the Body’s Tissues and Their Healing Processes
Chapter 2. Navigating Your Treatment Options
Chapter 3. Injuries to Muscle and Bone
Chapter 4. Soft Tissue Maintenance
Part II. Body Regions
Chapter 5. Feet and Toes
Chapter 6. Ankles
Chapter 7. Knees
Chapter 8. Hips
Chapter 9. Low Back
Part III. Common Conditions
Chapter 10. Plantar Fasciitis
Chapter 11. Achilles Tendinitis
Chapter 12. Shin Splints
Chapter 13. Hamstring Tendinitis and Tendinopathy
Chapter 14. IT Band Syndrome
Part IV. Healthy Training
Chapter 15. Principles of Smart Training
Chapter 16. Ideal Running Form
Chapter 17. Nutrition and Fueling
Chapter 18. Alternative Therapies and Myth Busting
Emmi Aguillard, PT, DPT, FAFS, is a full-time physical therapist managing her own private practice that specializes in treating and training runners. She also has advanced training in pelvic health and works with women to maintain their optimal fitness during pregnancy and safely return to running after giving birth. Prior to that, she worked at Finish Line Physical Therapy in New York City.
Dr. Aguillard earned her doctorate of physical therapy from Columbia University after graduating from Tulane University, where she competed for the women’s NCAA Division I track and field and cross country programs. She completed her fellowship in applied functional science through the Gray Institute and has taken numerous courses through the Postural Restoration Institute. Outside of her physical therapy practice, she coaches the 900-member Dashing Whippets running team, creating strength programs and team training plans for road races ranging from 5K to marathon, and she works with Matt Wilpers as a Team Wilpers coach. She has also been a contributing writer to Women’s Health and Cooking Light.
Jonathan Cane, better known as Coach Cane, has been coaching endurance athletes for over 30 years. He holds a master's degree in exercise physiology from Adelphi University and has coached for Nike, JackRabbit, and Under Armour. Cane is the coauthor of Triathlon Anatomy (Human Kinetics) as well as The Complete Idiot's Guide to Weight Training, and he has written for Triathlete magazine, MetroSports Magazine, New York Runner, and more. He has been a featured speaker for Nike, New York Road Runners, Chelsea Piers Triathlon Club, Hospital for Special Surgery, and others. He lives in the Bronx, New York, with his wife, triathlete Nicole Sin Quee; their son, Simon; and their pit bull, Lola.
Allison Goldstein is a writer and editor who works with business leaders, award-winning academics, and professionals to bring their literary ideas to the world. She is also a competitive runner and raced in the 2020 Olympic Trials marathon. Her work has appeared in Runner’s World, Women’s Running, Bicycling, Popular Mechanics, and other publications. Goldstein is based in Jersey City, New Jersey.
"When I was a new runner, the best thing I did was entrust Coach Cane with my life—my training, sure, but also my emotional well-being throughout my first marathon build. Not only did he accomplish his task of getting me to the start line and finish line healthy, he helped me (a former run hater) become someone who loves to run and who has a healthy relationship with the sport. Not an easy task! Jonathan Cane, Emmi Aguillard, and Allison Goldstein are three of the best at what they do. Run Healthy is a tremendous resource for runners of all levels, written by three people who have been there, run that; learned from it all; and are here to share their wisdom and insight with us all. What a gift!"
—Ali Feller, Host of the Ali on the Run Show Podcast