|Golfing with Sharon at Gloucester, NSW|
Sharon and I headed off for a few days away in the Barrington Tops region after my run and we played a game of golf in the afternoon. My Achilles was sore walking round the course, and I wondered about the wisdom of playing. It's often a dilemma for a serious runner, whether or not to participate in other recreations that could cause or aggravate running injuries. I think that when you are younger, you can get away with it, but as you get older the risks increase.
Some of my serious running friends are tradesmen and I admire the way they can run after a day's work when they must already be physically tired. If they get injured, they have to soldier on at their work regardless, or the bills don't get paid. I've always thought that unless you are good enough to be a professional athlete, a sedentary job is preferable to one involving physical labour, or being on your feet all day, if you are serious about your running. I consider myself fortunate to have had sedentary jobs during my running career, and I still spend a lot of each day at my desk. I don't have any statistics to support this contention, just my personal preference for recovering from, or preparing for, running training sitting at a desk than physically labouring.
Having said that, I have known some serious and accomplished runners whose work involves physical labouring. Maybe that builds a core strength and toughness missing from us desk wallahs.