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A 27-year-old Irish man has died while taking part in a marathon in Spain.
Colin Dunne from Co. Offaly fell ill while running in the race in Barcelona this morning.
The cause of death is not known at this stage but it is believed that it may be cardiovascular related.
Saturday, April 04, 2009
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Monday, March 09, 2009
If anyone had thought that Portugal's Rui Silva was yesterday's man at the age of 32, the 1998 and 2002 European Athletics Indoor Championships 1,500m champion proved them wrong.
Silva unleashed a ferocious sprint over the final 200m to claim his hat trick of titles, crossing the line in 3:44.38 to return to the top of the medal podium after an absence of seven years.
“The old Rui is back,” proclaimed the thrilled Silva, who was also the 2001 World Indoor champion and 2004 Olympic bronze medallist.
“Four the last four years, I haven't been able to compete in a major championships because of injuries or because I wasn't fit because of injuries so this gold medal makes me very happy.
“I've always been strong at the finish so between the bell and the next 150m I was very comfortable, although it was hard over the last 50m. I have to admit I thought someone might catch me,” he added.
Wednesday, March 04, 2009
In early stages, Achilles tendinitis symptoms are present early during a run and again at the end of the run. Hills and speedwork can aggravate the condition. In later stages, the Achilles tendon will be painful with any running effort and also with walking. The tendon may be painful to squeeze. The tendon may creak when you move it, or you might notice a tender nodule or thickening. As was the case with plantar fasciitis, the tendon is often sore or stiff with first steps after sleep or after sitting more than 20 minutes. Self-care should include ice massage for 15 to 20 minutes twice a day until pain free; over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications and/or the supplement chondroitin sulfate; heel-lifts added to all of your shoes; gentle calf-stretching exercise; and avoiding shoes with low (less than 3/8") heel-to-ball height differential. When pain-free, begin strengthening with eccentric resistance exercises, such as standing on a chair on your tip-toes and (slowly) lowering your heel until you reach the endpoint, with your heel lower than the ball of your foot. Repeat this exercise 10 to 15 times. Progress to doing one foot at a time, then by adding weight (i.e., hold dumbbells) and reps as you become stronger.
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Aside from the climbing from mile 16 to 21, the Boston course is downhill. Particularly after Heartbreak Hill, the race takes a rather abrupt downhill route to Cleveland Circle. The amount of downhill running in general, and the downhill section after Heartbreak Hill (when fatigue has already exacted a toll) in particular can be a risk factor for developing such injuries as patellar tendinitis, patellofemoral syndrome, illiotibial band syndrome, anterior tibial stress syndrome, and stress fractures (among others) in the postmarathon period.
Face it, even if you log your prerequisite long runs before the race, 26.2 miles is still a long way to run. Some runners are better prepared for the distance than others. For those marginally prepared for the distance, racing 26.2 miles can be an additional risk factor for postrace injuries. The muscle fatigue resulting from running farther than you are accustomed can linger for days, weeks, or even months. During this postrace fatigued state, you may be at risk for many of the overuse injuries that can befall a runner.
IntensityA well-prepared runner out to enjoy the Boston Marathon experience while cruising well within his or her capacity will nevertheless stress his or her system to some degree. However, the cumulative lower extremity stresses absorbed by runners really pressing their limits can be exponentially greater. On the one hand, "bonking" and pressing on is one example of pressing one's limits. On the other hand, screaming to a new PR can equally stress one's limits. Completing such an intense effort can predispose you to postrace recovery problems.