2011 Tokyo Marathon. Leaders at 6K.
Stuck out my arm, pushed the iPhone camera button. Complete luck.
July 31, 2012
Back to No Running
I wrote to Linzay Logan, the woman who blogged about her injury on competitor.com. As it was exactly like mine, I asked her if she had continued to run a bit while she rehabbed. This is her answer:
I'm so sorry to hear about your injury! They are the worst! It does sound like you have a similar injury to mine: hamstring torn almost off the pelvic bone, but still hanging on by a thread. In my experience I had do no running at all and just do the PT/strength training. I felt like running, even for a few minutes, would pull on my hamstring and reverse all the progress I had done. Instead I biked, did the elliptical and went to PT twice a week for almost three months. I credit my recovery from the strength training I did at PT and not running at all. It's really tough to give up running for a little while, but it's worth it—I continued to run short amounts once a week or so for a few months because I wanted to run, but I really think it was hindering my recovery and I could have cut down my recovery time by months if I had stopped running earlier.
I agree with her: I think the running I am doing is not doing me any good training-wise, and is probably aggravating the injury. In fact, I had been leaning in this direction even before I heard from her, and didn't run yesterday, doing a bike ride instead.
So I won't run for about a month and then I'll see how things are.
By the way, I got into the lottery for the Kobe marathon in November, but decided not to enter as I won't have time to train. I am entered in a half at the end of September, but I either won't run or will just cruise it for the fun of it, if my hamstring is healed..
Serious runner since age 34.
Member of Namban Rengo, Tokyo's International Running Club.
5K: 15:58 (age 39)
10K: 33:32 (age 37; also 33:42 age 40)
Half: 1:13:54 (age 41; also 1:21:45 age 59)
Full: 2:44:48 (age 37)
I ran 4 full marathons between the ages of 35 and 37. Had absolutely no idea of proper marathon training or racing (this was a long time ago). Never heard of carbo loading. Did not know you are supposed to drink adequately during a marathon. As for taking in carbs during the race, it never entered my mind. So they were extreme torture the last 10k. Therefore stopped running them and did not start again until 2006...and they're still torture! But not quite as bad. From 3:21 I'm down to 3:08:17 and have won my age group in 3 marathons (Napa Valley, Santa Barbara and Los Angeles and was 2nd in LA 2011 and Tokyo 2012.
My goal for each of those was 3:04. That's still my goal, but a bigger goal is winning my age group at Boston 2013.
Calendar age: 65. Physical age: 45. Mental age: 25 (my wife would say 15).