Fix Your Running Injury–My Top 5 Posts

By Jae Gruenke | Injury Recovery

Dec 20

In this quiet time at the end of the year our hopes and dreams for the year to come begin to take shape. Perhaps some of yours have to do with running–what you’d like to do, how you’d like to feel, the problems you’d like to finally shake off.

To give you a hand, here are my top 5 blog posts on solving running pain and injuries. If you have one of these problems, read over the post and start implementing the techniques, and things can already be improving before the bells strike midnight on the last night of 2016.

Why Your Quads Are Sore

Do your quads feel sore after a long or fast run? If so, you’re not alone. It’s not a great feeling to have on a regular basis, and if it goes too far it can affect your knees or low back or even heels, compromising your running…

Why You Pulled Your Hamstring–the running technique causes of hamstring problems

You’re doing everything right and your running has been going well. You went out the door with confidence. You’re cruising along in the middle of your run, feeling strong, and bam! your hamstring seizes up. It came out of nowhere, you can’t remember any kind of warning sign. But once it strikes, a hamstring problem can be difficult to get rid of…

Why Your Calves are Tight

As I worked my way through a series of blog posts on tight quads over the last three weeks, a reader asked me to write about tight/sore calves next. It’s a great suggestion, since so many runners struggle with this and it has a massive effect on the entire body. In fact, in my post last week I explained how it can actually cause tight quads! So if you regularly get calf soreness or struggle with tight calves, this blog post is for you…

Why Your IT Band Isn’t Getting Better

The misery of an IT band problem can dog a runner for a long time. Since the knee pain often doesn’t kick in till you’ve run a few miles, you go out the door with hope in your heart day after day, only to have your it dashed at mile 5 or 7 or whatever your threshhold is. It’s can feel like Charlie Brown hoping this time Lucy will finally let him kick the football…

How to Fix a Tight Hip Flexor When You’re Running

Have you ever had a hip flexor tighten up on a run, or do you maybe even suffer from a chronically tight hip flexor? The feeling of it tugging every time your leg is behind you may make you yearn to stretch it out, and you might even find yourself giving it an extra little pull each time you feel the tug to try and lengthen it…


I hope you find these helpful! I’ll be back on New Year’s Day with a list of simple changes you can make to improve your running in 2017, and then after that the free Mind Your Running Challenge starts on January 14, 2017. Learn more about that and sign up here.

I wish you and yours all the very best for the holidays and in 2017.


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About the Author

Jae Gruenke, GCFP, is a running technique expert and Feldenkrais Practitioner. Known as a “running form guru,” she is the Founder and CEO of The Balanced Runner™ in New York City and The Balanced Runner UK. She has helped runners from beginner to Olympian improve their form to become pain-free, economical, and fast.

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