"If you’ve raced with men on foot and they have worn you out, how can you compete with horses? If you stumble in safe country, how will you manage in thickets by the Jordan?" (Jeremiah 12:5). Our journey is intended to be more than simply "stumbling" through the days while the world "wears us out.” We are made to experience the thrill of "running with horses” and to navigate life amongst the "thickets." The RWH blog focuses on both the spiritual race of which Jeremiah speaks, and the physical act of running that I absolutely love. In short, it's where "the miles meet the Message" to provide insight, perspective & encouragement that might enable you & I to successfully run either of the races set before us. May our course be purposeful and may we be passionate in our pursuit of the abundant life He desires for us.

Friday, September 2, 2011

TRAILS : The Runners Study (part 2)

So this morning was session #2 of the Wake Forest running study that I will be participating in for the next year.  The initial session, three weeks ago, (click TRAILS Study for original post), primarily involved strength (knees and ankles) and flexibility tests.  Today it was time to create a video game character.  Yep, a stick figure model generated by six infrared cameras and dozens of head to toe metallic reflective markers.

The instructions were pretty simple.  Run down the 30' ramp at my current training pace (8:45 / mile), return and run again.  Timing devices provided feedback on pace and the starting location was modified slightly in order to capture all angles.  Repeat approximately 20 times.  My actual images and associated test data will not be shared until the conclusion of the study.  The photos below are examples from previous studies.

Following the runs, there were a few more strength tests (hips) and some final questions.  From now until August of next year, I'll provide bi-weekly responses regarding pains, injuries and any changes to training. Now it's a matter of patience.  The next post regarding this study will hopefully include a large number of interesting findings and reams of data that support the various correlations between injury risk and causes.  Until then I am sticking with the hypothesis that a doughnut a day keeps the injury away!

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