Fall is a popular season for marathons and other running events. That also means injuries are common.
Taking each work out in stride and paying attention to her body is what 34-year-old Nichole Naranjo says she had to learn, the hard way.
Nichole said, "I went to the doctor and he said it looks like I have a torn labrium."
After several weeks of running in pain, last February she learned she needed hip surgery.
For three months this avid runner had to sit out and stop training for the upcoming New York City Marathon.
"I wanted to push myself but I had to stick to the program. I had to stick to the phases," Nichole said.
Tak Fukumaga is Nichole's physical therapist. He runs a free running clinic at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York . He deals with a lot of injuries this time of year with so many runners gearing up for races.
Fukumaga said, "We see a lot of foot,ankle injuries, tendinitis, knee pain to runners knee, hip and back pain."
He says that's because many runners don't ease into their training. some don't have the right footwear , and many don't realize the importance of downtime.
"I think the most underrated part of running is rest. Rest is probably what gets overlooked a lot of times," Fukumaga said.
Nichole learned how to stretch her injury. She took time to build up her endurance and mileage again. Now she's ready to cross the finish line in next month's marathon.