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Derailed By Injury and Blessings in Disguise

Saturday, September 03, 2011

Just when I thought I was hitting my stride, literally and figuratively, with my run training, I have developed another icky injury. I am now nursing Achilles Tendonitis, which comes at the worst possible time, as I have not one but TWO 5ks scheduled in the next few weeks, one of which is TOMORROW. I was going to run tomorrow's race anyway, but cooler heads have prevailed and I am going to give my sore, popping ankle a rest. I'm disappointed, but I would rather be safe than sorry to prolong my running life.

This is a blessing in some ways. I am going to recommit to the gym and my strength training routine, with which I have been sporadic at best. I can work toward strengthening my muscles, so that when it's time for me to get back on my (slow) run schedule, I'll be much stronger. I've been avoiding the gym a lot as of late because I've wanted to be outside, but it's the perfect time to get back on a good schedule. I'll probably do some walking as cardio, and revisit the elliptical machine and MAYBE the bike (meh).

My injury is also giving me a chance to make a conscious effort in correcting my walking. I notice that I walk on the outer part of my right foot, and I'm sure I run the same way. This is probably a good reason for all the discomfort in my ankle, even though it doesn't feel bad when I'm actually running. If I can correct the problem at least a little bit when I'm walking, it will surely translate into better running form!

So, in the meantime it's R.I.C.E. Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation. The tried and true method always gets the job done. While I'm doing all this resting, I'll be researching the best shoes for underpronators and high arched-feet to see what I can do to help me correct my form. Then, hopefully I'll be back to running slowly and getting into my training schedule in a few weeks
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