ST Run: Gearing up for the final phase of training

Dr Su speaking about common foot injuries and how to prevent and treat them, at the second ST Running Clinic held yesterday at the Land Rover showroom.
Dr Su speaking about common foot injuries and how to prevent and treat them, at the second ST Running Clinic held yesterday at the Land Rover showroom.PHOTO: DIOS VINCOY JR FOR THE STRAITS TIMES

With just five weeks to the Straits Times Run in the City 2016, which starts from the F1 Pit Building on May 22, runners will be entering the final phase of their training.

However, according to Dr David Su, a consultant orthopaedic surgeon at Mount Elizabeth Novena Hospital, runners, especially those focusing on the 18.45km category, should be careful not to over-exert themselves. He said: "For the next one or two weeks, they can gradually increase the mileage (covered in) their training before tapering off over the last two to three weeks so that they get sufficient rest."

Dr Su, who has participated in endurance events like the Spartan Race and the Ironman triathlon, stressed the importance of sticking to one's running plan. "Don't try anything in the race that you have not done in training already," he said.

"At this stage, runners should be getting close to breaking in their shoes, sorting out the right gear and finalising their race strategy."

He was speaking at the second ST Running Clinic, held yesterday at the Land Rover showroom.

Dr Su and Dr Tan Chyn Hong, an orthopaedic surgeon from Mount Elizabeth Novena Hospital, spoke to 50 participants about foot and knee injuries that occur when running.

In addition to discussing the causes, treatment and prevention methods, Dr Su also shared his personal experiences of running injuries.

Dr Tan gave tips on how to identify and prevent knee injuries, and discussed injuries which require surgery.

He also emphasised the importance of seeking advice from legitimate sources, saying: "Anyone who is seriously considering taking up running should gain some background knowledge from professionals rather than just through their friends."

Said participant David Lim, 49, who is taking part in the 18.45km run: "There are many misconceptions about running, so this clinic was very enlightening. In the long run, it can help prevent injuries."

•Registration for the ST Run is still open. Go to www.straitstimesrun.com

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on April 17, 2016, with the headline 'ST Run: Gearing up for the final phase of training'. Print Edition | Subscribe