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Dave Byrnes
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Getting to know your injury
Looking north from Crackneck during yesterday's run All regular runners, or at least those past the age of 40, have those injuries which are "old friends".  They may be there all of the time, or only occasionally, but the symptoms have become very familiar ...

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Long runs needed
The You Yangs, where I plan to do a long run next Monday It is now more than four weeks since I ran further than 20km in a single run, not a good situation for someone planning a 64km trail race in less than four weeks.  Not only does it make me suspect my ...

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Maybe a misjudgment
Negotiating the mangroves bordering Riley's Bay I took a chance yesterday and ran the longest and hardest run since straining my right calf in a race two weeks ago.  Normally I would assume at least three weeks recovery was necessary for a soft tissue injur...

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Lack of patience
A wintry looking evening at Terrigal when I went for a short evening walk I haven't been able to feel any pain from my calf strain for the last five days, either walking or running (though my chronic right heel problem bothers me most of the time), but have...

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Two types of runner?
Heading north along the Lake Front Trail towards downtown Chicago I sometimes think there are two kinds of runners - those who are happy to train on out-and-back courses and those who will always look for a loop. When I pulled out of the Central Coast Half ...

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Coming to terms
My walk this morning took me along the Kurrawyba Lane Hope of running the Bogong to Hotham 64km (B2H) in five weeks time hasn't totally gone, but I'm starting to come to terms with the likelihood that I may not be in the shape to beat the challenging 34km c...

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Looking for positives
View from Barangaroo during today's walk in Sydney With just 500 metres to go on my first attempt to run since Sunday, my lower right calf suddenly started hurting again.  It was only a short run (6.2km) and had gone well up until that point with no pain at...

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Perspective
Looking towards Wamberal on my evening walk Sustaining a running injury is a "first world problem" unless you are a professional athlete.  I'm not minimising the impact an injury can have on someone who is dedicated to, or maybe obsessed with, running, but ...

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Tantalising failure
Feeling good at 5km [Photo courtesy of Jenny Barker] As I went through the 8km mark, gradually closing on a bunch of runners in front of me in today's Central Coast Half Marathon, I told myself that I just had to keep going like this for another 50+ minutes...

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Does it matter
The sun rises behind Terrigal Haven this morning [Photo courtesy of Jenny Barker] After supervising the usual Trotters track session as the sun rose at Terrigal Haven this morning, I headed out unenthusiastically for my own 10km run on a day forecast to be ...
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