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Friday, February 09, 2007

Maybe a 5% improvement

My masseur asked me to go for a run because he wants feedback on whether the massage he did worked. I felt so good at the start and convinced myself the pain had gone away. The left knee felt good all the way, but at the point where it went the last two times the right knee went again. I stretched it in lots of different directions and managed to run home. Now I feel OK. It's a bit painful but I'm not limping like I used to (maybe I will tomorrow).

I found that if I do a forward lunge type stretch I feel an awful pain in my groin muscle on the right leg. It's as if I have the reverse of ITB pain - an overtight VMO/quadriceps femoris/groin. I also felt pain on the outside of the right knee, so I have ITB pain too.



At 10:12 pm, Anonymous Ingo said...

Gordon buddy, let me ask you out of the blue, have you ever thought about being actually more seriously injured than you think you are? Following your blog I don't really see much improvement. You seem to be spending a lot on massages and other rehab methods but it doesn't really kick in, does it? Maybe worth thinking again about having medical doctors look at it? At the moment it seems to be a never ending story - just make sure it won't be that. Dude, from my point of view I'd prescribe a 2-3 month complete rest. It worked for Nick last year and now I enjoy training with him again. All the best , Ingo

At 2:21 am, Blogger oldsprinter said...

I'm pretty sure I know what the injury is. ITB takes time. A lot of time. Some people need two years to recover from it, so I'm not so surprised I'm still troubled by sore knees.

I don't plan to do a long run until I'm recovered (hey, I can't anyway), but I'll do a few easy short ruins just to see how things are - afterall, some people get better in 6 weeks - I'd hate to sit out for 3 months for no reason.

Best of luck for this Sunday - go on, give 3 hours a nudge, you knwo you want to set a new best time really. Don't be so bloody sensible.

At 2:22 am, Blogger oldsprinter said...

Funny I wrote "ruins" instead of runs - a Freudian slip.

At 7:52 pm, Anonymous Ingo said...

I liked that Freudian typo! ;-)
Man, I am just not ready for a sub 3 yet. It may be 'bloody sensible' (I like this phrase too) but it's rather experience. I remember just too well the 3:26h last November at lake Kawaguchi. A steady 3:10 is more than enough at this point. I can wait a little. No need to run full throttle and wipe out and I am sure I would. Get yourself fixed and we rock the boat together at the end of 2007! I am in - and you should have enough time (and guts) for a timeout. If you're not sure, just start reading your blog again from the start. Best, Ingo

At 9:50 pm, Blogger Stephen Lacey said...

Gordon, have you definitely decided to skip the marathon? Last I saw you still seemed to be thinking about it. It's a shame you have been struck down by these injuries because even if you run you are definitely not going to be able to perform like you were on track to do. Anywya, get well soon bud.

At 12:04 am, Blogger oldsprinter said...

Hi Steve, yep, no marathon for me. I hardly feel like a runner at the moment. I've been building up a track bike to race on the velodrome at Tachikawa - something to keep the mind off running for awhile. It's a real bastard not being able to line up, but hopefully I'll be back to running in a few weeks and I can try to work around the problems and keep them in check.

All the best to you - and all the Namban Rengo runners. Get that PB Steve, Mika and Brett. Do your "sensible" run Ingo (that's why you never get injured - wish I could be sensible). Adam, I hope you recover from the flu.


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