November 15, 2007
I can't believe it
But in a way I can. I am officially a little bit injured. Tuesday's schedule called for an intervals workout, and I was still sore from Sunday's long bridge run, but I was gonna try the workout, at least. But during the warmup, my right soleus/achilles got so tight I bagged the workout part, then bagged the run altogether around 4.5 miles. It was really kind of amazing to feel it tighten up so quickly, like it was a guitar string. I tried running (very slowly) again later that day - after ice, advil, capsaicin cream, a nap, some magic spells - and it was still tight and sore. More ice, advil, sleep in a strassburg sock, and it felt better Wednesday morning, but still tight and sore and aggravated by anything resembling uphill. Ice, advil, massage (which felt good, but doesn't really help the inflamed achilles), and it felt better, then 4+ miles running during which it hurt every step.
The soreness is manageable, but definitely there. I have come to a bold and radical decision: I'm going to take today completely off running - maybe even tomorrow too - and see if this thing will start to heal. I think if I try to modify my schedule, I'll take too many opportunities to test the injury and see how it's progressing (does it still hurt? how about now? what if I do this? and this?). I think I can probably afford to lose a couple of days' training, especially if it means I can still get to the starting line in 4 weeks.
Sigh. Wish me luck.
Posted by joe positive at November 15, 2007 6:00 AM
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Say it ain't so! (hee hee, is that going to make your list of travesties?)
I have battled the achilles before and it is a real bear. A day off is probably a good idea. Painful mentally, but good idea. I'm sure you have already thought of it if necessary, but do get some new shoes if you have a lot of miles on the pair(s) you are currently running in. That always helps me a little. And try not to stetch it too much now while it is still really tight. Good luck. I will say some magic spells for you too. :)
Posted by: Mindi at November 15, 2007 9:26 AM