Tag Archives: Injury

How to Eliminate ‘Runner’s Knee’ Pain

Today I want to share my success story in dealing with ‘runner’s knee’ pain. Many runners experience pain and swelling in the knee after long runs or high mileage increases. The most common cause of this pain is a condition known as patellofemoral syndrome, more commonly known as runner’s knee. This pain is caused by the knee cap rubbing on the sides of the femoral groove (at the base of the femur bone). This rubbing causes swelling and inflammation. Continue reading

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Winter Running Tips to Keep You Safe, Warm and Happy

Now that my injuries are healing up I’m back out there running in the cold. It’s hard enough to get yourself started again after a layoff, but doing so when the days are short, cold and dark can be a real challenge. I find that the hardest part of running (or any type of training) in the Winter is getting yourself out the door. Here are some tips to get you out there in the worst weather with a smile on your face. Continue reading

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Tim VanOrden’s Running Raw Times – March 22nd, 2008

A good soldier will march all day long for the right leader or cause. If you were to ask them if they minded the monotony and physical labor of such a task, I’m sure they would almost all respond with “yes, I mind”. But a good soldier does what they are supposed to do, even when it bothers, exhausts or frightens them. Continue reading

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Northern Vermont SnOWshoe Championships

In the 3 months that I’ve been in Vermont, I’ve done very little exploring in the state. So when a qualifier for the US Snowshoe Championships was scheduled for Smugglers Notch Ski Area in northern Vermont, I thought this would be a great opportunity to get reacquainted with my home state. Continue reading

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Rollerblading to Prevent Injury

My warmup for the Southern California Masters Track Championships starts the day before the event. Instead of overdoing it on the road or trails, I incorporate some cross-training in the form of rollerblading. Yes, I said rollerblading. It’s a great way to reduce impact and repetitive stress injuries and build cardiovascular endurance and leg strength. Continue reading

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New training strategy – a 5k race every weekend

Oh, the joys of being injured… Since the vast majority of my training is uphill (due to runner’s knee), I very rarely if ever get any speed work done. The fastest that I can run up my normal 10% to 14% slopes is just a hair under an 8 minute mile, which is almost three minutes slower per mile than the marathon pace I need to hit to qualify for the Olympic trials… Continue reading

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Uphill Battle with Injury

The knee injuries I sustained during the Catalina Half Marathon have forced me to shift my training and my perspective. Is it possible to turn an injury into a blessing and create a new training method that is better than what I had been doing? Is constant vertical running the answer? Continue reading

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L.A. Marathon Spectator

Running a marathon has never been tops on my list, but as this project has evolved the gold standard of distance running seems to be my destiny. Unfortunately, I’ve been sidelined with a knee injury. Instead of moping about and feeling sorry for myself I decided to offer my support to runners in the race… Continue reading

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