If you are out running and you feel pain in the bottom and the back of your heel you don’t worry because it might just be nothing serious. Heel pain is quite a common issue for runners, both for newcomers and experienced runners.
Cause of Heel pain
Heel pain is due to the fact your heels take the initial shock when you land on your feet, each and every time. Heel pain could be a sign of heel injuries from running or it could just be a your heel is feeling the intensity of running.
If the heel pain disappears after running and you can walk without any problems it is probably nothing. If you often feel this kind of heel pain while running make sure to ice the heel immeditely after running, get sufficient rest after running and get regular heel massage.
But if you feel pain and limp after you stop running then you are suffering from a heel injury. If you suspect your case is serious read the post on Heel Injuries from running.
Looking at an elite athlete running you will be impressed by his/her ability to run at a high speed. They make it seem very easy! They can keep going at a level of effort that seems impossible to maintain.
But is it easy for the elite runners than it is for the regular Joe?
Even elite runners feel the pain the secret is that they push through the pain rather than stop or slow down.
On How to deal with pain when running?
Focus intensely on your running, don’t let your mind drift away because you start slowing down.
Athletes must resist the feeling that they are too tired and have to slow down. Instead, they have to concentrate on increasing the intensity of their effort.
To add my own idea on the subject
Don’t focus on your burning chest instead feel your legs. Every time I find myself slowing down I ask myself how my legs are feeling. Most times the answer is the legs are feeling strong. And I step up a gear.
Aerobic means “with oxygen” and refers to exercise that is of an intensity that allows sufficient oxygen and nutrients to be transported via the blood to the working muscles.
On the other hand Anaerobic exercise means “without oxygen” the intensity is so great that the body simply can’t supply the necessary oxygen and fuel fast enough. And good example is during the 100m sprint, the runners run so fast that they can barely breath.
When a runner starts jogging his system is on aerobic mode when he starts sprinting his system switches to anaerobic mode.