Good Read: So, which type are you?

I chanced upon a good running article at the Philippine Daily Inquirer (also at INQ7.net) yesterday entitled “How to prevent injuries among runners” by Mitch Felipe.

It was perfect timing considering I am ‘quite’ injured at the moment. Quite because it is, fortunately, a minor injury. I have been sidelined for 3 days now due to a ‘left quadricep strain.’ I’m guessing I got this by running too fast on the downhill run at the finish at McKinley Hill. A sudden increase in the intensity from biking might have contributed as well. My orthopedic doctor said that regular warm compress and stretching would do the trick. Since the pain is bearable, no medication is needed. In a way, I am relieved. At least, it is not a major injury and when I resume running next week, I still have 3 weeks to prepare for the Condura Run.

However, the article best describes how I feel right now about not being to run. It seems that I am having that so-called ‘withdrawal symptoms after 24 to 36 hours without running.’ From the symptoms described in the article, ‘guilt’ is what I am feeling the most. Guilt from not being able to continue to practice, in effect missing the Nike clinic sessions this week. Guilt from being inactive from running for 1 week.

Level of Running Involvement. The article described the 4 levels of running involvement and made me ponder which type I belong to. Apparently, recognizing one’s level of commitment greatly helps in setting realistic goals. Based from the criteria I think I belong to type 2 — running 25K a week, intervals once a week, attend races at least twice a month, I log my runs (Daily Mile & Nike+ page), fewer than 50% of friends are runners. So far, I think I am training within the type 2 criteria. It is what I can do at the moment.

I am glad I came across this article. It gives a good perspective in terms of the psychology that comes into running. It is a subtle way of saying — ‘don’t worry what you’re feeling is normal.’

At the end of the day, my good doctor said it best — ‘since you want to run for a long time, you also have to think long-term.’ And here I am following his advise…albeit with a heavy heart (sob!).

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