Common Running Injuries


Achilles tendonitis is inflammation of the Achilles tendon where it attaches to the back of the heel. It is often caused by overuse of the muscle especially when the muscle is excessively tight.


Plantar fasciitis is the irritation of the tissue supporting the arch of the foot. The pain is from inflammation in the fascia (a thick fibrous material) that covers the bottom (plantar) of the foot, this may also cause heel pain.


Runner’s knee, otherwise known as patellofemoral syndrome, is an injury to the cartilage on the underside of the kneecap where it glides on the groove at the end of the thighbone.


Shin splints are commonly known as injuries to the front or inside edge of the lower leg or shinbone (tibia). This injury is common in runners and jumpers and is usually caused by overuse or doing too much, too quickly.


Forefoot neuroma, also known as Morton’s neuroma or an interdigital neuroma, is a trapping of the nerves that run into the foot between the metatarsal heads, often described as the ball of the foot.


Canal Bike Path

Along the canal, there is a multi-use bike path that is widely used by runners, walkers, and commuters in the summer months. This path stretches from Houghton to Chassell, in which serves as a perfect route for a long run, time trial route, or a hill-less easy effort run! Unfortunately, this path is only accessible in the summer months, as it turns to a snowmobile highway in the winter.

Michigan Tech Trails

The Tech Trails are a beautiful, hilly, & extensive trail system. These trails are nordic ski trails in the winter, so they are only accessible to runners in the summer months. Being in town, these trails serve as the go-to place for local trail runners.


Another great trail system is the Swedetown Recreation Area in Calumet, MI. This extensive trail system accommodates all levels of runners, as there are easy routes, as well as routes that give you more of a challenge! Running on these trails is only permitted in the summer months, as these trails are groomed for nordic skiing in the winter.

Maasto Hiihto

The Maasto Hiihto trail follows the Swedetown Creek down its incredibly beautiful Gorge. Maasto Hiihto translates to “cross country ski” in Finnish. The most northern loop of this trail connects with the Churning Rapids Trail which features a 15 foot high observation tower that overlooks Lake Superior and a picturesque meadow trail leads hikers to the beaver pond. This is a great place to experience a more rugged run, as these trails are single track and have exposed roots & rocks. Again, these trails are groomed for classic skiing in the winter months.