The last week I have ran only twice, the first run was a Jog on Wednesday followed by another Jog on Thursday. By my standards this was very low but it was necessary because I suffered an ankle strain on my right leg during my last 35K long run and the last thing I need now (35 days to go before 2008 Nairobi marathon) is to suffer a serious running injury due to over training.
Over training causes serious running injury
A good example of how running injuries are caused by over training was the large number of injured marathon runners at Beijing Summer Olympics. In the women’s marathon Paula Radcliffe ran with a strained thigh, American Deena Kostar dropped out the race after 3 miles suffering from a foot injury. Japanese Mizuki Noguchi who was favourite to win the women’s marathon did not make it to the start line after she withdrew citing fatigue. In the mens event Robert Cheruiyot of Kenya was my favourite to win the gold, but he withdrew on the eve of the race citing a thigh injury that had refused to go away.
Having these facts in my mind, I decided to focus on injury prevention. This is what I did during the week
1. Cut down on my weekly runs.
2. Iced my ankles
3. Used an anti-inflammation spray to speed recovery
4. Massaged the ankles
Marathon runners are prone to suffer running injuries due to over training because the nature of the sport is that you need to accumulate lots of distance to be ready for an event. It is a volume business.
An interesting book I have seen on Amazon on this issue is