The Definitive List of Common Running Injuries Ranked From Least Shitty to Shittiest
Hell hath no fury like a chafed runner who has just stepped into the shower.
Inevitable and uncomfortable, blisters are a runner's badge of honor.
13. Lost Toe Nails
Painful and unattractive, lost toe nails are annoying.
12. Muscle Fatigue/Muscle Cramp
Often mistaken for a demon trying to escape through your muscles, cramping is awful and a fate I wouldn't wish on anyone.
11. Pulled Muscle
I'll take your muscle cramp and raise you a pulled muscle. Pulled muscles suck because there's not much you can do about it except complain (or not complain. Your call.)
10. Rolled Ankle
Shitty but definitely not the shittiest injury, a rolled ankle can derail any training plan.
9. Achillies Tendonitis
This is your body's way of sending you hate mail. Uncomfortable, annoying and really frustrating.
8. Runners Knee
Ranging from annoying to debilitating, runner's knee sucks because it involves running through pain while you strengthen your weak areas.
7. Shin Splints
Known to make grown men cry, shin splints will make the hair on your shinny shin shin stand straight up.
6. Sprained Ankle
The rolled ankle's loud, violent and bitter older sibling, a sprained ankle is the icing on the chocolate cake of death.
5. Iliotibial Band Syndrome
You know when you see a runner on the side of the road stretching oddly and screaming expletives? They are experiencing a flared up IT band.
4. Plantar Fasciitis
Nothing makes a runner more nervous than the words, "Plantar Fasciitis."
3. Stress Fracture
Stress fractures put the S and F in STFU. Not only do they hurt physically but they will throw even the most mentally stable endorphin junkie into a tailspin.
2. Broken Bone
See also "soul crusher," "dream dasher" and "your biggest nightmare."
1. Loss of Drive
Worse than any muscle strain or broken bone, a loss of drive has been known to break more than just your spirit.
Some running injuries are unavoidable, accidents happen. But if you're not strength training or if you don't know what you're doing, see a physical therapist and remember prehab > rehab.
Until next time, #RunSelfieRepeat.