Dealing with a long term injury

long term injury

My running has been like a roller coaster in the last period. Started running again in may, went good-ish all the way to mid September when I went to deal with my hip. Hip hip – hurray! I can say that, considering that first time I had to stop running was 27th of December 2014, I have a long term injury. During the last period I improved my 10k time, twice, from 50 to 46. Consequently improving 5k, 3k, 1k, and half marathon distance. Stopped for a while after Baneasa Trail Run, to take on therapy for realigning my hip. When aloud to run again did 55 km in 3 days. And had a relapse at my knee. Pain, discomfort. Read more

Rafael, the mountain marathon 2016


Race report. Finally I get to write one, after a long time. I subscribed to Rafael without having to many expectations. Especially after my injury relapse. So I went to Codlea, where the race was taking place with the final objective of finishing the race and having fun. I kind of felt like home, as Codlea is 27 km away from my birth place, Zarnesti. I arrived at Codlea on Friday evening, had dinner and started to be anxious about the race. I had some pain in my knee. The decision to start the race was taken with 10 seconds before the start. Till that moment I was in doubts. In the first 500 m I wanted to quit 3 Read more

Chronic stupidity


In the last period I have been asked several times by several people how to start running, or how to get better at it. Mostly my colleagues. And my answer is always the same: start small, set objectives, be consistent AND … the most important do not push, do not expect results over night, do not over train, do not run every day at the beginning, especially if you first have some kilograms to loose etc etc etc. You risk an injury. And after I say all this I tell them how I got injured in the first place.  My injury is more complex, but still, overdoing it has something to do with it. So technically I know it. I Read more

Trial and error, 10.10


Today’s training was difficult. I came after a weekend spent at my parents house where I just ate and slept. So today in the morning I was a bit …hmmm. Not interested in going out. But I did. I planned to change my training from last week. Last week I did jog+strength+jog Monday and intervals on Tuesday, at the end of the 36 hrs of fasting. This week I moved the intervals on Monday, and I will leave for tomorrow the strength. My plan is during Monday’s to alternate different types of intervals. 10x1km, 3x4km, 3x6x400m and so on. And in time will be able to appreciate the progress. Or lack of it. Today for example I felt slow and Read more

Busy calendar

Busy Day , Important date , 3d render

And I like it. Since I received green light from my doctor, Vasile Osean from MedySportLine, it seems like races are coming to me. I was thinking at Sugas Race and Mountain Marathon Rafael. Actually I was thinking to choose in between them. I already had 1 half planned for the end of November, and thought that 1 before could help. Sugas was a bit out, but I decided to ask if they need volunteers. And they need. And while I was speaking with one of the organisers, I asked if as volunteer I can run also. And I can. So I will.  Sugas has 2 days, run and bike, where running has 2 distances: 17 and 24 km. I Read more

Trial and error, 05.10 Training

After 04.10 when I went for a long run and came back with a PB for 10 k, yesterday I decided to go for a longer run. I calculated it should be 22 from my house, 3 rounds around the lake, back home. The lake has 6, till the lake 2 back from lake 2. Was not exactly 22. I got a half marathon distance. 21, 12 km. A bit more than a half, with about 30m. Good training. As I started running I felt not very good. Pain in the knee, pain in the hip. After 3 km I thought I might have to settle with the regular 10 and call the day. After the 7th km I started Read more

Trial and error, 03-04.10.2016

One of the lessons I learned in the training period for Baneasa Trail was to keep a diary of my training. I already started my training period for the next race, which I consider to be the half marathon I will do in November. I already registered for another one, in October, on 22nd. But this one is more of a test, I am not having any objective. I need to test some gels, see how my body reacts to a half, hopefully my hip will not protest too much, and have fun. I thought a long time where to keep my training diary and than it struck me: I have a blog. I can keep it here. So here Read more

It is time to say thanks


Back in the country for just about 6 months. I was not very comfortable with the thought of coming to Romania, and because I lost the position I came to interview for, I was even more disappointed. I was afraid that I will end up in a typical Romanian company with a manager with communist mentality. I was asked in several occasions if I was scared, if I thought I will not adapt etc. To be honest I did not thought about that. My main concern was the professional side. But, trough an interesting course of events, things started to look good for me. Mid April I started working. Late March I had 2 interviews with my current company. Although Read more

Training period & race day lessons

What did I learned? Main thing is that I am still dumb. That being said, I can continue. I had 12 weeks of training, which finished with the race day. My objective was below 50 initially, transformed in below 48, after I managed to lower my 10k time to 48 in one training session. I finished in 54,24. What went wrong? Well, after I judged at cold, I would say … besides my race strategy, nothing. I am capable in ideal conditions to lower my time, and I am able to finish 10.5 km below 48. Just in the race, those were not ideal conditions, and when setting my objective I did not considered that. Why I say those are Read more

Finally a doctor

Since my DNF at the second marathon, on 27th of December 2014, I have seen some doctors, been diagnosed with patellofemoral pain syndrome, had some recovery, started running again, discovered that was not the knee, but the hip that made the knee bad, but never I was able to get to the bottom of it. Today I went to a doctor that was recommended by: 1 ultra-marathoner,  1 triathlon athlete, 1 marathoner. They said: you need to be checked by dr Osean from Medy Sportline. And I did. A very nice guy, very relaxed and in a good mood. Funny, when he checked my knee and my hip, so he had to touch me, he closed his eyes. Looked like Read more