Running a Race With Pain Not Worth the Risk: CA Podiatrist
ABPM Diplomate Dr. Kevin Kirby
Whether a runner can overcome an injury by marathon time depends on what the injury is and when it was sustained, said Dr. Kevin Kirby, podiatrist and former UC Davis track team member. When injuries occur a few months in advance, Kirby recommends swimming or cycling to maintain endurance while nursing running muscles back to health.
If it’s two weeks to race day when an injury strikes, the chance of sufficient recovery is slim. And if it hurts at the starting line, it’s only going to get worse. “If you get in the race and you can’t run normally, you should just stop,” he said. “Just stop. Take the bus home. It’s not worth it.”
Source: Sammy Caiola, The Sacramento Bee [12/6/14]
Dr. Kevin Kirby has been an ABPM Diplomate since 1992