Behind the Singlet: Ian Sidey

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Behind the Singlet: Ian Sidey

Injury took him away from us, but he’s back stronger than ever. Pace & Mind runner Ian Sidey reflects on his recent injury and offers his life lessons to runners on how to bounce back. Run for your life, Ian.


  1. Listen to Coach on when to push it and when to take it easy. I pushed it too hard and didn’t give myself enough time to recover from a minor hamstring injury and it turned into a major injury.
  2. Figure out which medical advice/specialists you trust. There are lots out there and they all provide different opinions. Again, Coach provided some great recommendations on who to see when I wasn’t having success through my regular channels. What worked for me was a combination of a good sports medicine doctor plus a chiropractor on the side.
  3. Be proactive and persistent in getting a proper diagnosis. I needed 3 separate ultrasounds to confirm my doctor’s diagnosis.  The first two could not find anything and finally the third ultrasound, at a clinic that specializes in high performance athletes, found the problem, high hamstring tendinitis
  4. Be careful of what you read up on regarding your injury, one of the first lines I read was the following passage:

“There is one injury, however, that is spoken about in whispers, often since the inflicted runner no longer makes it to the group runs or track workouts.”

The next article I read had the following passage:

“While rare, this injury is difficult to treat and can become a prolonged and chronic problem.”

5. Not all the reading spurred negative thoughts. I spent a lot of time reading the blogs of Canadian elite runners such as Dylan Wykes and Natasha Wodak and took solace in learning that they both faced similar issues and bounced back stronger

6. It’s important to keep perspective and be positive in that you will return to running at some point….the hardest part can be the uncertainty on the timeline

7. While injured, take the time to enjoy other life pursuits as it will help you deal with the mental aspect of the injury and not running and it will also help you come back even more motivated. For me, this mostly involved spending more time with my wife and kids, improving my swimming as part of cross-training, and drinking more beer ?

8. You need to be patient when coming back as it will longer than you want to get back to your previous fitness level. Build in appropriate time for rest and figure out what you are going to do differently to avoid future injuries. For me, this has meant starting a new gym program with leg strengthening exercises. Elysa’s blog post on the Pace and Mind website provided me with a foundation and I’m now building off that. Visit: 7 essential strengthening exercises for marathoners

9. Based on your personal preferences, decide if and how you want to remain engaged in the running community.  For me, I removed myself completely except for a few exchanges/meetings with Coach and cheering on friends and team members at STWM. Cheering at STWM  was a great experience for me as it reminded me why I love running and got me excited to start the process of returning to form.

Ian returns to us a smarter, more efficient and resilient runner. Ian, on behalf of the team, ‘WELCOME BACK.’

About Pace & Mind

Pace & Mind is an advanced coaching service for distance runners. We offer advanced and highly customized 5k, 10k, half-marathon and marathon coaching for runners to improve their performance both on and off the road. Our coaching is based on the principles founded by Head Coach and Co-founder Rejean Chiasson, a Canadian marathon champion, 4x half-marathon medalist and NIKE+ NRC Coach. He is supported by our Online Run Coach, Kate Van Buskirk, an internationally accomplished track and field athlete, bronze medalist at the 2014 Commonwealth Games and Brooks Elite Ambassador. Unlike traditional ‘cookie-cutter’ or ‘clinic’ approaches to coaching, our Coaches first assesses, then customizes each runner’s training program based on:


Coaching programs are powered by TrainingPeaks software to ensure data accuracy. No runner’s program is the same and it constantly changes season by season, cycle by cycle. Our Coaches review your plan in detail each week, then adjust based on your progression and listens to you in terms of changes in nutrition, mental state and cross training efforts. Each runner also receives a cross-training plan and a racing singlet as part of the program.

You have one life to live. Run for your life

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