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Posts for tag: Long Distance Running

There are many different types of athletes in the world--runners, swimmers, basketball and football players, ballerinas and the list goes on and on. But running can be incorporated into ANY sport; for the most part. Your every day runner may disagree by saying it is its own sport, but that’s for another discussion. Alan Webb, world record holder of the 1-mile run (at 3:46.91) recently stated that he is going to transition from track and field to triathlon running.

A triathlon competition consists of the athlete completing three tasks in succession of one another and it usually starts with a swim followed by cycling and is completed by a long-distance run. As podiatrists, we are highly concerned with the long-distance running. Any type of running over long periods of time always puts athletes at higher risk for such things as shin splints, ankle sprains, and even more commonly stress fractures. Stress fractures are seen mostly in the metatarsal bones of the foot. There are many things; however, the athlete can do to prevent any of these from occurring with the most important being proper training. It’s extremely important that an athlete gradually increases their training (or mileage) rather than starting off running a triathlon for their first part of training. Many athletes sadly do this and can sustain the aforementioned injuries. If any of these injuries have happened to you please do not hesitate to call your local podiatrists at Affiliated Foot and Ankle Care located in Monroe and Edison, NJ. Treatment of these conditions consists mainly of rest, ice, compression, and elevation. Sometimes athletes may need to be put in a walking boot for an extended period of time to make sure the fracture is healed completely. Very rarely will surgery be performed as these injuries prove to be fairly benign.

The first modern triathlon event was the Hawaiian Ironman Triathlon which consists of a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bike, and a marathon run of 26.219 miles. While Mr. Webb did not say in his interview which type of triathlon (sprint, intermediate, long, or ultra) he is planning on doing, I’m sure either of them will be extremely challenging.

By Varun Gujral