The Obsessed Fortysomething Runner: Injury poll

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Since I started running at the beginning of 2011, I haven’t gone more than 10 days without running, until now. My last run was the Turkeython…. I’ve had a nagging bout of Achilles tendinitis since May; it comes and goes, and hasn’t really affected my ability to run, but it’s consistently failed the “pinch test.” I finally decided to take a break to get rid of the tendinitis – a decision affirmed by my new doctor at my physical check-up. (“Lay off running for 3-4 weeks” was the actual suggestion.) Not running sucks, but I’ve kept my sanity thanks to a Concept2 rowing machine.

In the meantime, it got me thinking about the running injuries I’ve suffered over the past few years. None of them has been serious, so all in all, I don’t have much to complain about. It’s the usual stuff: Achilles tendinitis, metatarsalgia, calf strain, sprained extensor digitorum brevis muscle, purple toenail. I haven’t dealt with knee or IT band problems, probably because I run with a midfoot strike, which stresses the foot and lower leg more than the upper leg.


About Tung Yin (278 Articles)
Law prof by day, runner all the time. Got off the couch in January 2011 and have been obsessed with running ever since.

1 Comment on The Obsessed Fortysomething Runner: Injury poll

  1. Great poll, but no love for plantar fasciitis?

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