"There's only one hard and fast rule in running: sometimes you have to run one hard and fast."

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Injury Whack-a-mole

Test Drive

Ran a mile today, but it's obvious that the injuries have not gone away. Loosening tight muscles faster than I can strengthen others has left me with instabilities. And now my allergies are back!

The current assessment:
Left peroneal tendon: healed.
Left piriformis: 95-100%
Right piriformis: 95%
Left achilles: 80%
Right achilles 50% (surgery looks unavoidable)
Left tensor fascia latae: 30% (started rehabbing late)
Right TFL: healed
Right gluteus medius: healed
Right proximal hamstring: 80%
Left iliopsoas: 95%

Too many coaches

I may not be able to run again and I lost the last athlete I was coaching, while dozens of friends have paid the fee and taken the seminar course to get coaching accreditation certificates when they know nothing. [Test: ask your coach who should do fartlek training, why they should do it and how you set up a fartlek workout.] The problem is that I'm seen as a dinosaur, too "old school" to be relevant. Old school? Right now, my training incorporates elements of CFE/HIIT, myofascial release and PNF, plyometrics, cross-training and heart rate training. I just think athletes should work at their sport - is that so wrong?

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Anonymous said...

Most people are intelligent enough and self-motivated to figure out on their own how to train. The beauty of running is its simplicity, you don't need fancy jargon or elitist attitudes (or platform shoes, haha) in order to run to the best of one's abilities. Simple hard work will suffice, along with self awareness and clarity of mind. You either have a big heart and big lungs to be a competitive runner, or you don't.

And even if it takes a bit longer to figure things out on one's own, life is all about self discovery and questing for the truth. The last thing one needs is a power tripping guru or coach to come along and spoil all the fun.

SteveQ said...

Anonymous, I thought the same as you and it led to innumerable problems. How far would you get in anything if you completely ignored what everyone before you had learned? Coaching isn't about power and jargon; it's about perspective.