But sometimes enthusiasm can trump experience, which has resulted in pain in the knees, shins, heels or feet.
Training load-related issues, inadequate recovery, running terrain and footwear can precipitate problems. Other factors include poor conditioning, excessive weight, structural issues, soft tissue tightness, muscle imbalances, and running technique.
With the rising popularity of virtual running events, it is important for runners to know how to identify – and deal with – common running injuries. Here’s what to watch out for.