With all the ways you can track your run and great mobile fitness options, we're sitting on a ton of data about our exercise. Blogger René Ghosh has figured out how to use his data to predict future injuries.
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Ghosh tracked his time and performance over the past couple of years and noted injuries along the way. The trend seemed to be that injuries followed a pretty good running period. Here's why:
What the trendline showed me is that my running performance waxes and wanes over the course of a year. That's reasonable, of course: as you train, your speed increases each time you run, however your body cumulates fatigue. Consequently, your performance will level off at a certain point in training, then your running times will once again increase. Panicked at losing speed, you will push yourself too hard and wind up injured.
Keep an eye on your performance. If you take a break when you're slowing down and don't push yourself too hard, you might be able to avoid a forced period of rest.
Predicting running injury by analysing my normalized running times [Meandering Me-Dos]