In the world of running, two common challenges can hinder your progress and dampen your enthusiasm: dealing with hip spasms and managing the pressure to perform.

Let’s explore these issues and uncover some practical tips to keep you running strong and motivated.

Addressing hip spasms

Hip spasms can be a real pain—literally. They often indicate underlying issues in the muscles or structures around the hip joint, such as muscular imbalances or tightness. One common culprit is the piriformis muscle, which can become irritated and lead to spasms, especially among runners.

To address hip spasms effectively, it’s essential to identify the root cause. Consulting with a healthcare professional or sports therapist can provide valuable insights and guidance. 

A tailored rehabilitation program may include exercises to strengthen weak muscles, improve flexibility, and address any biomechanical issues contributing to the spasms.

By addressing the underlying cause of hip spasms, you can alleviate discomfort and reduce the risk of recurrence, allowing for smoother and more enjoyable runs.

Managing performance pressure

Performance pressure is a challenge that many runners face. Whether it’s the desire to get faster, achieve personal bests, or meet external expectations, the pressure to perform can take a toll on your motivation and enjoyment of running. To overcome performance pressure, it’s essential to cultivate a balanced mindset. Focus on enjoying the process of running rather than solely on outcomes. Set realistic goals that challenge you without overwhelming you, and celebrate progress along the way.

Remember that running is a journey, not a destination. Embrace the ups and downs, and view setbacks as opportunities for growth and learning. By shifting your perspective and focusing on the intrinsic rewards of running, you can maintain motivation and resilience in the face of pressure.

By addressing underlying issues, seeking professional guidance, and cultivating a balanced mindset, you can overcome these challenges and keep your passion for running alive.

So, don’t let injuries or pressure derail your motivation. Embrace the journey, celebrate your progress, and keep moving forward with determination and enthusiasm.


With a passion for high performance sport – Lindsey Parry is one of South Africa’s most widely recognised coaches. Having led a team to the London, Rio and Tokyo Olympic Games as well as the Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh, the Gold Coast & Birmingham, and coached both triathletes and runners onto podiums of some of the world’s most illustrious races, Lindsey has a unique ability to understand what it takes to succeed at any level and thrives on coaching, motivating and inspiring others to do the same – whether it’s on the track, on stage or behind a mic.

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