The faster I run the less pain I have

By Skip

Sounds strange, right?  Running faster means less pain?  For some reason, that seems to be the case for me and I have a couple of theories on it.  Some of which I have hinted to before but I want to put it down all on one page and put it in writing to confirm my insanity.

Today’s scheduled run was scheduled as:

  • WU: Run 10 minutes @ moderate aerobic intensity
  • MS: Run 10 minutes @ moderate aerobic intensity
  • CD: Run 10 minutes @ moderate aerobic intensity

I planned this one as a 6.2 mile run right from the start.  Ignore my training plan!  I need to build miles before the A1A half marathon next weekend.  This was also my longest run since my injury and the “fixing” of my injury.  I have good news and bad news on that front.

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The bad news is that my ITBS kicked in at about mile 4.  I was able to manage the pain and eventually worked through it.  The faster I ran the more it went away… ok, THAT could be dangerous, right?  The good news is that I made it through the run without having to stop and I finished strong, all things considering.  I was able to maintain about a 7:30 pace during this workout.   The “kicker” is that at the end when I started running a 6:00-6:30 pace, well, that is when ALL of the pain went away.

Looking back at my run tonight, I would like to think that I could hold an 8:00 pace forever….. wishful thinking for 13.1 in a week and a half?  I wanted to be at a 6:30 pace by this time but have been sidetracked by this injury.  I can only hope the end is near and I am through with this.

So, my theory of why the the pain goes away when I run faster is two fold;  One, I think that when my heart rate increases my mind starts worrying and thinking about more things other than “was that my knee that just felt funny?  Should I adjust for it?  Am I landing properly?  Bad form / good form?”  You name it, my mind is thinking about my knee, that is until I put my body to the test and push it a little bit more.  Theory number two is that as I increase my speed, my form becomes totally different and I think I have better technique.  I start running like I learned to run… fast!

MY BODY WON’T LET ME RUN SLOW…. Ha!  I have the best coach out there built right into my body.

If you liked that post, then try these...

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Filed in: 10K, Injury, Running, Sprint Training, Triathlon • Thursday, February 10th, 2011


Your 2nd theory is not far off from the truth. There is much study out there that actually states that distance running is unnatural for us. That our body structure was made to run in fast spurts very efficiently. I have also experienced thus were I would begin to feel pain on a slower long training session yet no pain on a speed training interval session. Wether it’s scientific or not I believe theory 2 is sounds. So what do we get out of all of this? Go as freakin fast as you can lol lol

I only wish I could maintain that speed for longer distances, but then I guess I wouldn’t even be talking about this injury. As somebody posted on Twitter in regards to this, “When you run faster, you naturally land more towards your mid/forefoot. Proper form = less impact = less pain.” The good news is that most of my races this year are 3.1 miles which I can maintain at a pretty darn fast pace. It is just this half marathon coming up and then Alcatraz which will be an 8 mile run.


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