taking pain killers to allow you to run on an injured knee is just stupid.
Fair enough if it was something important that you had trained for all year like the world champs, but just to have a run at the 6-days, where you can't be competitive since you've not actually completed any of the other days, is plain daft.
Enjoy the orienteering I say, if that means a little pill popping then so be it...
Not endorsing doping btw ;)
I thought the same until talking to my friend's mum who's a doctor, and has had a similar experience. Long story short, any pain that can be masked with painkillers is just associated with the scar tissue being broken down and general stiffness, and any pain that lingers after painkillers needs to be addressed. I was comfortable when I ran with them, and there are no post-race effects, so that's good enough for me.
Glad there are no ill effects,
but I don't think the idea that painkillers only mask scar tissue pain is very sound.
not all pain is equal, not all pain killers are equal.