Just when things were plugging along so beautifully, I have hit a little bump in the road. My Achilles started complaining to me on Thurs. afternoon, post run. When I tried to ride the bike trainer on Friday, it was pretty painful. So I did the smart thing (for once!) and got off after just 15 minutes.
I went in to see my massage therapist at noon and he did some work on the area, including some kinesio tape. When I told him I had 18 on my schedule for the next morning, he warned against it. I immediately started shuffling things around in my head. “Ok, if I can’t do 18 tomorrow, I’ll just do 10 on Sunday.” By the end of the massage, I had talked myself off the ledge, though, and decided to rest it until at least Tuesday.
Saturday I did nothing. Ugh, that’s hard for me! Saturday morning is my favorite time of the week, my long run with friends. A little wine on Saturday might have helped the sting a bit (thank you, friends).
Sunday I decided to hit the bike trainer to check things out. It felt good, but I stayed on for only 30 minutes, just enough to take the edge off my mood but not do any damage. However, by last night, it was pretty tender again. I was hoping to run tomorrow, but now I’m thinking a few more days are probably in order. I just don’t want to mess with an Achilles.
I think I can pretty much trace this back to my hill repeats on Tuesday. Remember I told you how badly I was sucking wind? Clear indicator my fitness was not there for the repeats yet. And those are the indicators we all need to give some credence. Sometimes we can get away with it, but sometimes not (especially when you’re a master’s runner like me).
I’m pretty bummed to have my training derailed, but also hopeful that, since I stopped everything as soon as I had an issue, it will be a minor derailment. Wish me luck tomorrow!
For any of you who have had Achilles issues, what do you find helps the most?