I always knew there was something about those American bumper stickers that said 13.1 and 26.2, etc. that didn't sit right with me.
I want to write this post in a way that doesn't make me seem like a know it all. As always, this blog is a collection of stories and not a manual or textbook. When I gave my talk at Marathon Sport a few weeks ago about research, medicine and training in running, I realized that I am not very good a following templates or formulae. A lot of people strive to "think outside of the box" and I find myself asking "what the hell box are they talking about and how do I think inside of it?"
However, it is really hard to talk about medicine in a Jack Kerouac free-association, "I write to the beat of the contrabass" style. (as much as I would like to)
So let me at least attempt to organize my thoughts.(I have to point out that I was conceiving of this blog post while practicing free-diving today, so there may have been less oxygen getting to my brain)
Rule number 1: Running should heal you, not break you down.
|12km with the NMTC at Bagley Nature Area|
Longest was 12km with the Northern Minnesota Track Club.
Some weeks are harder for running and some easier. I love incorporating strength training into my weekly routine and lately have been more into this than running. I think my body needs a break after the 6 hour run and before the Desert Solstice 24 hour run.
|This is the picture I like to call "I can kick your ass but choose not to"|
|My favorite move lately (not me) is getting into this position then putting my knees on my elbows, going up into a head and then handstand. Then if I am along the wall I do handstand pushups. It seems much less injurious than pull-ups (which Ole had on my training plan- and I couldn't do!).|
2. If you learn proper running technique, you can run forever.
One of the biggest advantages of being able to read Scandinavian languages is I can read all of the discussions about running theory that never get translated into English. There is so much talk about the importance of running technique. Pose, chi, natural. If you shorten your step, quicken your cadence and actively lift your legs so you land on flat feet/mid foot, you will take the pressure off your hips and knees and shift the stress to your muscles. You'll avoid serious injuries. Why this is not catching on more in the US, I'm not sure, but no doubt the money involved in surgeries for runners has something to do with it. Running technique is a skill, just like in swimming or piano, that needs to be learned if you want to turn running into a life long sport. I'm so glad I learned better tecnique this from Ole. I had been hearing about it for years but didn't understand the importance of it or how to do it.
Want to see the runner with my favorite technique? Here is Haile Gebreselassie being analyzed by Dr. Romanov (father or the pose method):
If we have another son, his name will be Haile.
3. The most important rule about surgery for runners is there is no good surgery for runners.
See number 2. Just don't get into the situation where you need surgery. And if someone tells you you need surgery, try to change your running technique.
4. Few joys in life can be compared to running (or doing kick-ass exercises) while pregnant, but after the baby is born, you are an injury waiting to happen.
|I love this shirt. But is she wearing a bra?|
|Pam Smith: Will she set the AR in the 200k or even the 24 hour race at Desert Solstice?|
Here's a fun Danish song and video:
|And a fun picture of Kenneth Andersen at the Winforce 100k by Martin Paldan|