Some of us have been running for years and most likely, have observed the phenomenal popularity of running now. We can vividly recall how it was several years back. Races were not held every week. And if there was one, few runners did join them. In fact, we almost knew each other. Now, some races are even held almost every week and two of them at the same time! Amazing. Runners joining today's races even reach by the thousands. While still working in Ortigas and doing my after-office runs in formerly called Ultra (hmm, what a literal metaphor of things to come), there were few runners using the track. Now, you have to jostle your way in and say excuse or "runner passing" just to avoid a mishap.
So what do all these things tell us? Well, Filipinos have certainly caught the running bug and I think it is here to stay. We now even have ultras!
That is all good but the eagerness of a new runner in his/her newly found passion makes him susceptible to, shall we call it, "the eager beaver syndrome" or overtraining. The dreaded case of too much too soon. Even veteran runners do experience overtraining one time or another. Nancy Shura, an ultrarunner once said: "When a runner gets injured... you never hear them say ‘And I have been running so poorly!’... it's usually... ‘Damn, I was running so well, then this’. It happens to the best".
We have read and heard sad stories of people who stopped running because they thought injury is a natural by-product of running. Far from it. Running is the most natural activity in the world. Free and inexpensive, um, well until we start buying all these modern gadgets, latest technical clothing, etc., etc. That is another story. Or until race organizers start charging us exorbitant race fees. Let me digress here for a while. Did you know that the entry fee for Badwater - the World's Toughest Foot Race is US$795?! Very expensive and difficult to get in too. Oh well. By the way, it will be held on July 13-15, 2009.
So going back to overtraining, check this link http://www.rrca.org/resources/articles/sum99ots.htm and learn something about it. While you are at it, feel free to browse the other articles in there as well. Very informative.