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5 Running Questions that are Most Common

Posted by Teresa Haines on

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Runners often experience a multitude of physiological responses when they run. Why we experience these, sometimes not so pleasant, effects of running is often a mystery. We've compiled the most common questions about our body's responses and abilities hoping that they help with some of your own questions:

  • Why do I get a headache post-run? Poor hydration, before/during/after your run, and tight muscles are the two most common causes of headaches. Neck muscles run high onto your scalp and as they tighten they can cause headaches, stretch those muscles as you run by shaking out your arms or moving your neck in a gentle rocking motion to release building tension. Make sure to properly hydrate. Weigh yourself before and after your run. The weight difference is the amount you should be drinking during exercise (16 oz. equals 1 pound).
  • Why is it hard for me to run in the morning while my spouse/partner/running buddy thrives on it? It turns out that the labels of early bird and night owl really do exist and have scientific basis backing it up. The brain's hypothalamus controls your biological clock and its setting is what it is. Natural morning people feel more energy in the early parts of the day, while those who enjoy staying up late will feel theirs later in the day. The body is at its performance peak in the later afternoon however. 
  • Why do my toenails turn black? Black toenails are a trademark of a regular runner. The bruised, blackened look is from the breaking of blood vessels, caused by either from your toenail hitting your shoe too often or by gripping too hard with your toes. If you are feeling pain and pressure, the blood beneath the nail should be released. You can do this yourself by pressing a sterile needle through the effected nail or have a doctor do it.

Many other questions exist regarding our bodies and running, which we will address in our next blog. In the meantime, don't forget to always protect yourself while running by making sure to wear a Headsweats running cap or running hat or visor on every run. With their moisture-wicking fabrics and built-in sweatbands, you'll feel cooler and avoid being blinded by sweat when wearing any Headsweats running hat.