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Tuesday, February 16, 2010

The 20MR Episode 40: First 20-miler, shoes 101



This show, Episode 40, covers a topic that I hoped to never have to address, especially 5 weeks before the marathon: injury, or more specifically, "Runner's Knee." Yes, I am now a sufferer, but feel confident that I know what caused it...and how to deal with it in the critical final weeks leading up to the March 20th event. During the last long run--my longest ever (20.2 miles), I experienced a real problem with my right knee after the 19-mile mark, much like the problem I experienced on the 12-mile run last week, which required 4 days of no running. I did go 8 miles with a tempo run on day 5 with no ill effects--and no pain. Every run is so critical at this point in the marathon training. But remaining injury free is the first priority. I hope to address in the next blog on what I perceive as the cause--and the way to treat it. Stay tuned.

I took R-2 for the first time after the long run and I think I will be buying a couple of packs to use for the last long run in 2 weeks and after the marathon. You will get an update on how that works. For this effort, I think it really helped to offset the fatigue.

The Buckeye update now has information on my last workout, be it a stationary bike ride or a run. Check it out at the left (of the blogspot page) to get an instant view of the details of my last effort. It will change each time I post a new workout.

We spend a few minutes discussing shoes and what is the difference in motion control, stability and cushioned trainers. Depending on your foot type, you probably require a specific type of shoe. If you are new to the podcast--and running especially--I think the comments will prove helpful to you. Email with any questions you have about the topic. I will do my best to give you the best advice I can.

At 19.5, miles, I once again had the right knee to flair up, after running that far with no pain at all. It may require another few days off. I will update you on that in episode 41 next time. I am really having to try to balance injury prevention/treatment with getting in the last critical runs the next two weeks. Bring on the taper!

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I hope your training is going well. And as always,

Thanks for sharing some of the road with me,
The 20 Minute Runner

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The photos above are of Cindy and I, and Cindy and Odie in the recent light snow we had--the last of 3 snows on successive Fridays.


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