OSLO (Nettavisen): Henrik Ingebrigtsen ran to a personal record 5,000m during a race in Belgium recently, showing he’s making a serious comeback after the injuries and illnesses that have plagued the 32-year-old in recent years.
“The rumors of my death are greatly exaggerated,” he continued on Instagram in true Mark Twain style, dismissing rumors that he could no longer assert himself as a runner.
At a press briefing before the traditional conference on Tuesday, General Bislett, also Steinar Hoen, said he had the impression that many had given up on the Sandnes man, and that many had whispered and whispered that Ingebrigtsen was finished. Obviously not.
On Thursday, he ran the 5,000m during the Bislett Games and continues to hunt for a World Cup spot later in the season, although he now runs out of the national team and serves as coordinator and assistant to brothers Jacob and Philip.
– reduces pain
Elder Engbrigtsen of Netavizen does not hide that the troubles of recent years have affected him. Now that he finally feels healthy and up to speed, the fear of a relapse or other injury still lingers. Psychologically aware of the maven.
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– I think I underestimated the negative impact of pain. Every time I feel a slight tightness on the back of my thigh, I almost feel it in my soul. This pain is in the spine, Ingebrigtsen tells Nettavisen.
He had hamstring problems for the first time in 2016 and had surgery for the injury in 2017 and 2021.
– It sticks well, like a memory of pain. I think people underestimate how intense the pain is, it’s like the urination instinct in humans, I guess, and it’s a bit hard for relaxed, modern people to understand, says the experienced runner.
– It’s a bit like the sense of smell, there are a lot of people who have it. If you are retrieving something and you recognize the smell. Ugh, it smells like grade school or something that makes you know a memory from 30 years ago, it smells. Things like this make you forget just how strong and deep a body can be, says the 32-year-old.
– It’s hell
He admits that the idea of giving up or quitting has been on his mind a bit in recent years.
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– Yes, almost every day and every time I get sick. It’s hell and the problem is I don’t know how far back it is. Every time I get injured and every time I get into some trouble, I say: I can do this, I’ve done this before, right, but that’s the whole problem. I’ve done that before. I know how awful it is, it doesn’t get easier every time. It really gets worse
– What effect do you have on a positive experience again?
– Well, it was
– It’s like the toilet went
He got exactly such a moment when he set a new personal record in Belgium. He logged in at 13:13.99 minutes.
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Every day is hard work, but there are little moments in between that make it all worth it. I could have been training for another two or three years, without any big moments, and it would have been fun if I’d had the Tour of Belgium at the end, he says.
He believes there is little that can compare to the feeling of setting such a record after what he’s been through.
– It’s a personal victory, it’s like winning gold in the WC, as it were, in feelings, says Ingebrigtsen.
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