21% Increase in Mileage for Professional Ultra-Runner Maria Dalzot

Updated: Jan 2, 2020

This case study with Maria Dalzot, a professional ultra-runner, is focused on objective changes she saw in both her mileage per week and her recovery pace per mile along with some subjective changes she saw happen to her body.

Maria’s training mileage prior to treatment in the Performance Lab was 70 miles average/week while after it was 85 miles average/week. A percent gain of 21.4%. Her recovery pace/mile prior to treatment had been 8:45-9:00 minutes/mile while after it dropped to 7:45-8:00 per mile. This is roughly a 12.5% decrease in her time.

Bellingham Performance Lab with Dr. Steve Noble

Athlete: Maria Dalzot

Duration: May 9, 2019 – August 6, 2019 (3 months)

Performance Lab sessions: Five 1 hour sessions, one 30 minute session

Before treatment:

Average weekly mileage = 70 miles per week

Recovery pace: 8:45-9:00 min per mile

Right knee pain since September 2018. Unable to walk down any stairs or single-leg deep knee bend without significant discomfort.

After treatment:

Average weekly mileage = 85 miles per week

Recovery pace: 7:45-8:00 min per mile

Knee pain is gone, with no recurrence despite consistent racing and high mileage.

Recovery from workouts has been faster as evidenced by a faster recovery pace.

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