YMCA St. Patrick's Day fun run highlights unofficial start to running season

We have tips for a safe and healthy season
Posted at 12:24 PM, Mar 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-16 20:07:38-04

BOISE — More than one thousand runners took off for the YMCA St. Patrick's Day fun run on Saturday and for many people this race marks the unofficial start to running season with spring right around the corner.

The race proceeds go towards the YMCA's Team Idaho Track and Cross Country Club that helps get kids active and attempts to promote a healthy lifestyle.

Running can be a key component to living healthy, but there are some tips and tricks that runners should know to take care of aches and pains.

“Ankle sprains are going to be the top one, plantar fasciitis is going to be there, shin splits very common and there is the IT band," said Dr. Nicholas Grable of Red Mountain Natural Medicine.

Dr. Grabel spoke to a group of interested runners at Shu's Idaho Running Company this week and afterwards runners were able to get their digital footprint which is a way Shu's makes sure runners have the proper shoes that fit the feet of each individual runner.

“The biggest take away is learning that if you have a pain in one spot that might just be a symptom of something else that is going on in your body," said Rob Tackett who just started running with his wife last September. "It is mind blowing."

Dr. Grabel also talked about different remedies which included a rolling stick, trigger point massage balls, different stretches, nutrition and how it is important to have recovery time so the body can heel itself after running.

There is a running event nearly every weekend in the Treasure Valley ranging from marathons, to triathlons, to fun runs and more, running is a great way to stay in shape.

"We are running anywhere from 20-35 miles a week and we are just really addicted to it," said Tackett.