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injury1.jpeg Diagnosing the injury has been difficult as the pain started off directly behind the knee and now I feel it more on the inside of the left knee. After spending time with my sister Nicky, who happens to be a physiotherapist and my flat mate, I managed to get it diagnosed correctly. Nicky came to the conclusion that it was a strained hamstring and gave me the next plan of attack on recovery.

If there is one thing I'm not used to it's being injured. It's difficult to rest an injury that doesn't really 'hurt'. After a week of no running (apart from a few attempts), and lots of massaging, mobility work and ice, I was soon on my way to recovering. This week I finally found the time to have a proper remedial massage and looking back now I made a big error not having this after the Nerang 50k run.

Besides a non eventful past week, I had the opportunity to watch my sister race in the Pinnacles 18k Classic. A run which I had entered but decided it wasn't worth the risk of potential long-term injury. The Pinnacles consists of 18 hills over 18kms. Nicky ran an amazing race finishing 3rd in the ladies. Also my coach Caine Warburton and physiotherapist Dave Coomb,s finished in 2nd and 3rd overall. It's nice to know I have the right people looking after me.


Photos: My sister, Nicky, during the race (top). 

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Picture-Post-Two-2.jpg Picture-Post-Two-1.jpg After a dream recovery I couldn't imagine anything could go wrong. But a just a few slip ups with not staying on top of recovering from my training runs soon put me on the sideline. I will run through the how the week panned out (no pun intended) and point out the mistakes I made that might have contributed to my injury.

My week began at 4am on Monday morning with a goal of completing a 60min run before spending another hour on the treadmill at the Altitude Training Centre. Mistake one - too much, too soon. It had been one week since the 50k event, my body was still fatigued and this was where the niggle began.

This week was also the week of my sister's wedding in New Zealand. I had been trying to find the time to book in for a remedial massage before my program started to get heavy. Mistake two - I didn't have a massage during recovery week. Between work, training and this trip I found it hard to stay on top of recovering properly. The niggle began to snowball into an injury.

During my time in New Zealand I kept training. Mistake three - I didn't listen to my body first chance. It's hard to know when you have a niggle whether it's going to get worse or disappear. Almost every time I run I feel something different so I didn't take any notice of my hamstring after completing a 16k run with my sister.

Before the wedding I decided to do my usual hill reps on a road hill that was about 2km long with 300m elevation. Mistake four - running to hard downhill on the road. It was after this run I realised my hamstring had an issue. 


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After the Nerang State Forrest 50k I felt a lot better than expected. Apart from the odd black toe nail and aching hip joints I pulled up quite well, in fact I managed to drag myself to altitude training the next morning. This week was planned to be a recovery week, this involved a road run on Tuesday and Thursday and yoga on Monday and Wednesday.

I cruised through recovery week with the thought that maybe I hadn't pushed hard enough in the race, it all felt like it should have been harder. Or maybe I was expecting to drag myself over the finish line and not be able to walk for the next week.

This next week my program is set increase in distance and intensity, and coming out of this 50k hurdle feeling confident I am excited to get training again.


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