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"I hate running!" Swimmer Magazine, January 2013
The article goes on to say, "What famous swimmer posted that at usms.org? If you're guessing every swimmer there may be a grain of truth, because swimmers, by definition, practice a water-based sport rather than a land-based sport. But not every swimmer hates running, and increasingly, more runners are getting into swimming thanks to the triathlon craze."*
Triathlon and some of the personality types that gravitate to the sport can, in some cases make us our own worst enemies.
I had someone tell me once that they'd think twice before hiring some one deeply involved in this sport. Sure, the old adage about giving something you want done to the busiest person you know is part of this, the positive part. But does the distance triathlete think, plan, drown in triathlon during their work day to the point that it sometimes diminishes their effectiveness? From a personal perspective, when I was still racing iron distance events, the answer approached, dare I admit it but on occasion the answer might be yes.
Running or Racing?
We've all been in this setting. You are just about completely recovered from your first/latest(?) major running injury, gradually increasing your mileage as ordered. Then you remember that your very favorite race is coming up next week. What do you do? Enter anyway?
This question is asked repeatedly and the answer is hard to come by. If you run it do you race it, seek that PR, look for the podium? Is there a reason not to?
2) You had a hard race last WE, and maybe the WE before, and can treat it like a work out.
3) Fun. You just want to run for the fun of it. Maybe conversational pace with a friend.
4) A friend is looking for a PR and you've agreed to pace him/her.
So just because you're not at full steam, you don't necessarily have to drop race participation. Just think before you do, make a game plan, and stick to it. That may be the hardest part.
Big Toe Problems
We covered bunions a couple weeks ago with some pretty good pictures if you missed it. Your big toe is really important as it carries 40-60% of your body weight, twice the lesser toes! So, anything that might affect the big toe may also alter your running gait.
* Jim W. Harper