Do you get in shape to run or do you run to get in shape? A lot of runners get injured because they immediately jump into running to shed off extra pounds from the holidays, which can sometimes cause more harm than good. Watch the video and leave any questions you may have in the comments section below.


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Video Transcription [Please excuse grammatical errors due to the conversational nature of the video]:

Hey guys! It’s Ben from CarterPT.

It’s Friday. Thank goodness! My beard is still growing so I apologize for that. I hope that everyone is having a good time and  running season is well underway. The mileage is really piling up, and people are already doing races here in Austin. We’ve got the Austin Marathon coming up in February and the 3m in January, so our runners are in full swing right now.

One thing I want to talk about for running is do you run to get in shape or do you get in shape to run?

It’s a really good point that I heard from a trainer when I was a young physical therapist. I thought it was really insightful. For most of us, we run to get in shape, especially since the holidays just started. Thanksgiving was here. Christmas is coming and you put on a couple extra pounds.

Then we’ll naturally want to do some running to stay in shape. But that can be a recipe for injury! It’s really important that you supplement your running with some strength training because it makes a big difference.

A couple years ago I was training for a half and I started having some knee pain. I really wasn’t doing a lot of training outside of running. My best runners are those who do other things besides run. They swim, they ride their bike, they play tennis, they do golf, and they supplement their routines with other activities. So if you’re only logging miles because you want to hit a race, make sure that you’re introducing some strength workouts in the way.

If you guys have any more questions, you can go to for more information. Thanks, take care!

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