The 10k group at Rogue had a tempo run this Saturday. A 1.75 mile warmup, 4 miles tempo and 1.25 cool down. The weather couldn’t have been better, close to 53 degrees.
After the run one of the doctors from Advanced Rehabilitation was at the Rogue Equipment store and we got to talking about how types of injuries seem to come in waves. It was interesting to me to relate it back to the series of “lessons I’ve learned” through the years of training. The first time I did any real pace work on the track, shin problems, that seems to be pretty common since most of us may not have built up the stability and strength needed to handle the increased forces that come with the faster speed. That type of injury versus the repetitive strain injuries from longer distance (and somewhat slower) training should differ in frequency. I’m not saying the same injuries don’t show up since it’s all relative and specific to the person but it does get you thinking about different strategies for avoiding injuries for people depending on what they’re focusing on at the time.