The Village Velodrome Appreciation Society

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Saturday, January 20, 2007

On for the ekiden? I still think so

Woke up with a sore throat and fever this morning, but as the day went on I felt better. Did a 30 minute run tonight with some fartlek stuff to test the knee. The left knee is my only worry - the ITB is cutting into it a bit. I feel like I can run tomorrow - the reasons are:

1. Running fast is easier on the ITB than running slow. A quote from the Stamford University coach "Biomechanical studies have shown that faster-paced running is less likely to aggravate ITBS because at foot strike the knee is flexed beyond the angles that cause friction."

2. The pain isn't bad - so provided I look after myself after the run I should pull through.

3. I've learnt some good new techniques for dealing with ITB - including my torture chamber kit of things to roll my thigh on (pics to come later) and icing.

4. I really want to run, and it's possible that this ITB won't let me finish the marathon anyway, so a win or place in the ekiden is a consolation prize.

My only worry is not running my fastest. But I think I should be flying tomorrow, condering I have run just over an hour in the past 5 days.


At 9:41 pm, Anonymous Ingo said...

Re point 1): Watch out, we tend to find and read the research we are already biased to believe anyway.

I buy and sell things professionally every day and I love to read the research that fits my view. It's difficult to keep an open mind and look objectively on things - and increasing training load when you are injured hardly sounds convincing.

Some people say two drinks a day are good for you and lots of other things like that. But you still don't really believe it, do you? Ingo


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