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Andy

Mike is absolutely correct! Bone and cartilage take much longer to remodel, which is why some runners end up breaking their bones just by running too much (STRESS FRACTURES!). I also think this is why trail runners tend to be less prone to overuse injuries than road runners, because they are FORCED to walk or at least run at less intense levels by the trails they run on!

Bob Mc.

Ahh, the wisdom of the experienced. So true Mike. I have often referred people to your original posting on this very topic from a year or two ago. I think that posting nails it. Perhaps you would consider reviewing it and updating it with any new thoughts??? I would consider posting it on one of the sidebars to this site and possibly labeling it Required Reading for Newbies.

Mikem

Training schedules are fine, but the body, not the mind, rules..and too many people forget this.

You can not change the nature of your body, you can help it along, but it will develop at the pace it is genetically programmed to change. People forget this and equate muscle fitness with running fitness. They then go out and tear the tendons right off their bones. Muscles develop faster than tendons and ligaments. Sonovial tissues take time to toughen up. Over time cartilage can actually increase in mass and toughness, and bones respond very slowly but do get denser...in their own slow time. Which is not the average persons idea of soon enough. Patience is often the most important quality emphasized in Ultra running training.

MORE ULTRA RUNNERS INJURE THEMSELVES THAN ANY OTHER PROBLEM. People are more dangerous to themselves than falls, rocks, or slippery mud.

Walking, fast walking, is much less stressful on the body, it promotes tissue development at an optimal rate, and is safer for the inexperienced runner.

To finish a race is an accomplishment, to dnf is a quandary. The first goal should be to finish, the second is to to be able to come back next week and do it again.

Never push too hard. Never run when there is pain. Never run injured. This is not a hero's game, it is for survivors.

Run smart, run slow, run forever.

Aloha, Mikem

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