Picture 1 - When in doubt, consult or don't do it1
I wrote about the 2008 Stanchart Marathon, held in Singapore, in Flexifitness.com.sg website. It was a year that Dr Ben Tan, Daniel Ling and i came in 3rd, 2nd and first in men open category, respectively.
My progress was very good for that year, but I knew that I would not be able to do a 2hr 34min 02sec, which I did in Singapore International Marathon 1994. Daniel Ling, my former colleague that I was training, was sometimes getting injury and he was visiting Dr Ben Tan at that time. While training, as training mates, we did not know who is going to be first, second and third for Stanchart Marathon 2008. Here, I feel that it is good for me to share something that I did that enabled me to get the 2hr 49min for 2008 Stanchart Marathon.
I am sharing this as there is lesson to learn still, especially on the art of not getting injury. I had planned for 6 workouts for the Stanchart Marathon 2008. All went well and there was no injury. However, I had some sensation coming from my achilles tendon for the very last workout, 10 days just before the race itself. The good thing is that the achilles tendon problem came at the very last minute and I had sensation and I was pondering on what to do. Finally, I told myself that it is good to stretch and warm up and see how the pain in the achilles tendon is going to be.
Just before the last workout of Stanchart Marathon, I decided to back out. I believe that it is advisable to follow this and if one is in doubt, it is wise to do away with the workout, and do other form of training which can alternate the training, without compromising getting injured.
The fortunate thing was that I was able to converse with Dr Ben Tan, as he was himself an orthopaedic surgeon. I asked him," Is it good to miss the last workout." I thought he will say a no. Opposite to what I was thinking, he told me that what I could do is to look at the sensation. If the sensation is same during the steady run, it is all right to run. But if the sensation keeps going up, he told me to pull out during the run itself.
Taking his suggestion, I ran the tempo 15km and I did about a 55min plus, while Daniel did 56min. Dr Ben Tan did 59min, which was a personal best for him. Miraculously, I found that the sensation was not there after 2km. It vanished during the run and even after the run. I got only Dr Ben Tan to thank as I could not have done the 15km tempo without his advice.
As some of us have no advisors, it is wise to pull out from injury. Else, one might not be able to run on the day itself. My two cents worth to 'when in doubt' is to pull out of the workout or not to do the training, but find alternative ways to train, which may prevent an impending injury which is about to appear shortly. One can do the workout on another day, instead, when one finds that it is safe to do the tempo, by ensuring that there is no gradual increase in the sensation during the run.