Working out and eating right are not the only pieces that should be part of your training.
I like to think that after all the years of training and all the miles that I have logged, I’ve come to learn something from the experience.
The most pivotal recognition that I’ve made is that I want to do everything I can to sustain it for as long as possible. That’s a natural response to anything that I love; hold on tight. In my life, running is in my grasp and it owns real estate at the top of the pyramid. I’ve been doing it since I could walk and it stills brings the same playful joy as I continue to do it today.
How does every age-grouper and running aficionado make this happen without injury?
Whether you’re a competitive or lifestyle runner, the approach is no different; both have to adhere to the same tenets in order to sustain our passions. For me, training is not about how I feel or what my results are at the end of the session. It’s about the condition of my body when I begin.
Unfortunately, as orthopedic physical therapist and owner of Manual Sports Therapy in Sag Harbor, N.Y., Sinead Fitzgibbon points out, most people come from the school of “pushing through the pain,” unable to determine where the line between threshold and injury exists.
These athletes, according to Fitzgibbon, become “patients being sidelined by injury.” As a result, the majority of an athlete’s focus and understanding about injury is centered on tending to the problem after it has already happened. Recovery is no fun when you’re on the couch for the start of your favorite race.