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Name: Michael Bestvina
Date registered: January 17, 2011

Latest posts

  1. Drinking Season is Over, Training Starts NOW — March 6, 2012
  2. Injuries can only hold you back so far — April 10, 2011
  3. marathons for breakfast — March 25, 2011
  4. ITBFS Fever — February 23, 2011
  5. Injury Update — February 2, 2011

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Mar 06

Drinking Season is Over, Training Starts NOW

This is really what I did all winter

It’s been a nice long winter of hibernation drinking and partying for me. To cap it all off, I just completed a nice long week of skiing Après skiing in Austria and I’m now back in full training mode. I just spoke to my coach and will be putting in some timed trial exercises this week …

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Apr 10

Injuries can only hold you back so far

I was basically told by my physio that I will be unable to run the double marathon, much less run 5 miles, without feeling pain. Over the past 6 weeks I’ve tried 4-5 mile runs here and there with no lessening of pain on my IT band. Since ITBS technically has no risk of tearing …

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Mar 25

marathons for breakfast

  So today was the last big run before the challenge starts in earnest in 2 weeks time and I had fire in my belly. Today was going to be the day to get a cheeky marathon in on the way to work. It was up at 4:30am for a double dosage of Oatbix and juice …

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Feb 23


So it’s official, I have what’s called ITBFS (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iliotibial_band_syndrome). I finally got into to see a physio and have had my symptoms properly diagnosed. The simple explanation is that my left “bum” muscles weren’t able to keep up with the rest of the body and it started to cause strain on the rest of my body, mainly …

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Feb 02

Injury Update

Well it’s been two weeks now and I haven’t run a single mile due to my left knee. I’ve been taking Fish Oil twice a day, Ibuprofen 3 times a day, and icing my knee for 20 minute spurts. I feel fairly confident this week that I can back into it (gradually). I plan on doing …

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Jan 26

“How to hack a marathon”

I just came across this interesting blog post: http://andrewgertig.com/2011/01/how-to-hack-a-marathon-if-you-arent-a-runner/ This self proclaimed “hacker” laysout a few words of advice for someone interested in running a marathon with no training or previous experience. He ended up doing one in 4 hours and 28 minutes. Here are his “hacks”: Don’t plan on running the whole thing Take …

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Jan 22

Gearing up for a long run

It’s Saturday morning and I’m dreading the thought of going out and running a 16mi run. As with anything in life preparation is half of the battle. One of the most important parts of a long run is to have all of your gear prepared. It’s also bloody (look ma! British slang from the American!) …

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