Monday, September 13, 2010

Sneaking a Post on the Blog

Okay! Okay! Okay! -- I admit -- I'm delinquent with my Blog. I guess it's true what my other runner-blogger friends tell me, it's getting harder and harder to write about my running journey. More so with the fact that I'm purposely lessening my participation in races -- not because I don't want to run or join anymore. I don't join as many races now because I'm concentrating on my training!! Especially since November is just around the corner -- November 7 specifically!! That's when I'll attempt my first ever 42K full marathon at the Big Apple -- yep, it's the New York Marathon!

Over the last few months, I've been so frustrated because of a recurring knee ailment. I would run -- and everything would seem to go right -- but the next day or 2 days later, I would have this agonizing pain in my left knee. It came to a point where I was contemplating on not joining the race. In some consultations with doctors, we tried to pin down my recovery process. I tried a number of stretchings and post-run recovery strategies but it still didn't help. It was only later when we started questioning my icing methods that we determined the cause of the ailment -- I was over-icing my knee!!

I bought these Pro-Tec Hot/Cold Theraphy Wraps that allow me to just wrap the ice gels around my knee and secure them with velco straps, and they really are godsend as they keep the packs in place while I go on with my normal activities. Unfortunately, they became too comfy that I keep them on for up to an hour!! And that's not good!! I should be icing the affected area no longer than 15-20 minutes at a time, with a 15-20 minute rest period before re-applying. By keeping the ice pack on up to an hour, I'm actually injuring the affected area more!!!

Since discovering this piece of information, I've been regulating the icing to 15-20 minutes and miraculously, the pain in my knee disappeared!! It's been frustrating that not knowing this small piece of information has affected my ability to train for over 4 months!! I could have ran my first marathon in July as originally scheduled!!! Instead, I'm coping to catch up with my training plan.

And that leads me to what's keeping me busy the last few months -- honest-to-goodness training, piling on the kilometers, week-in and week-out. This month is crucial, I need to make sure I'm able to handle running over 30Kms during my long runs. So far so good and I do hope to go beyond 21Kms by next weekend.

Wish me luck!!


Arthur said...

Good luck on your NYC race, Johnny! I also have a right knee problem and been wearing knee support. Heat, icing, stretching and gym workout are what keep the pain tolerable. Take care and run safely.

The Scientist Runner said...

Good luck Johnny! I'm sure you'll do fine, what with your training and all! But as they say, listen to your body to avoid a more serious injury. I'll probably do NY next year and hope to run with you then if you do a repeat. In the meantime, it's Toronto for me in two weeks! All the best!

Johnny Sy said...

Hi Arthur -- thanks for all the advice. So far, the knee is holding up. Unfortunately, you can't speed up the tolerance of your body -- you just have to slowly pile on the miles for the body to adapt. So far, my layering process is working -- just hope I have enough training time to complete my 42Km endurance layering!! At least, the controlled icing now helps, instead of compounding the problem.

Johnny Sy said...

Hi TSR -- thanks for your words of encouragement and advice. Good luck with your Toronto run. If I do well with NY, who knows, maybe a repeat will be the offing. Enjoy your run in Toronto!

Adelle said...

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LuntiRUN – Make every route greener!
March 27, 2011 @ Filinvest Corporate City, Alabang
For the benefit of the Isko Cleans UP, a project to implement solid waste management in the University of the Philippines – Diliman.

Distances: 1.5km(12yrs. & below) 3km, 6km, 12km

Registration fee:
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Registration sites:
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MJ46 Factory Outlet Center (Bicutan, Paranaque)
The Village Sports Club (BF Homes Paranaque)
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Nora, the golden girl said...

So how's your NYC Marathon Johnny?

We're uber excited to know the details.