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  • Dealing With Injuries

    Posted on January 16th, 2010

    Today was NAU’s first meet of the 2010 Indoor season. Instead of racing a mile or 3k, or both, I ran 20 minutes at about 8 minute miles an hour before the meet started. Good news is that my last three runs have been pain free and it is looking like I am finally nipping this knee problem in the butt.

    When the injury first came on, I figured it was nothing and I continued to push on. I wanted to come back to Flagstaff in really great shape and ready to start doing some hard workouts. It looks like the injury was more severe than I had thought, as this was three weeks ago. It can be really difficult to discern when there is a real problem and when there is just a little bit of soreness. Honestly, if I did it over again, I probably would go about the injury in a similar fashion. Running is hard and little aches are expected, but they should still be treated. The important thing for me to learn from this is that a day or two off, especially in DECEMBER, is not going to hurt me come outdoor season.

    I was perusing some of the recent videos of Flotrack and found this one by UNC’s coach Pete Watson. He suffered 11 stress fractures and 4 broken sacrums during his running career. Needless to say, he has some good insight on dealing with injuries that he shares in this video.

    Track and Field Videos on Flotrack

  • Back in Flagstaff

    Posted on January 14th, 2010

    On Sunday I returned to Flagstaff after a great four week stay in Simi Valley. I have not been able to jump back into training with my teammates, as I am still fighting a sore knee. The good news is that I got an MRI and there is nothing serious — no tears. Basically there is some inflammation behind the patella (knee cap) that is causing the pain. When the swelling goes away, the pain should follow suit.

    My last post I mentioned setting resolutions, or goals, for the new year. With this minor setback, I may have to alter a few ambitions, but hopefully the big picture remains the same.

    2010 Goals

    • Continue to improve my running by logging high mileage weeks.
      • This track season I really want to improve my 5000 time of 14:50 and my steeplechase of 9:09.
      • Compete at NCAA Cross Country Championships once again and improve on my 95th place finish of 2009. The ultimate goal is to be an All-American — top 40.
    • Improve my swimming.
      • I will try to get in the pool at least once a week for the entire year. Obviously, when time and running permits, I will spend more time in the pool.
      • Seek out coaching to improve my stroke.
      • Compete in some of the Ventura Splash and Dash aquathlon series events, assuming the series continues in 2010.
    • Compete in more triathlons.
      • I had a great time competing in the Breath of Life triathlon last June, and will likely do this one again.
      • As of now, the San Francisco Triathlon at Treasure Island in July is on my calendar. As I understand the rules, if I am one of the top-3 amateurs I will earn my elite license.

    Now for a shout out: Congratulations to my girlfriend, Tina Johnson, for her first Half Marathon last Saturday! My parents and I went down to Irvine to watch Tina compete in her first race over 5k! She did a great job and I am so very impressed and proud that she has become a runner just like me.