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50 miles in 6 weeks... and my achilles tendon

Wednesday, June 06, 2012

YTD: 51.0 miles

I've run 50 miles since I started running at the very end of April. And I've got my first running injury. Walking home from the lake last Thursday my achilles started to really hurt on the way up a steep hill. No issues running whatsoever prior to that. It calmed down over the weekend so I tried running yesterday. The pain returned at about 1.5 miles and I decided to bag it at 1.75 miles. It's just not worth exacerbating the injury. I switched to the elliptical for the remainder of my cardio time and had no issues there. I think I'll keep up with aleve and foam rolling and switch the elliptical for a while... maybe until next Tuesday, maybe until a week from next Tuesday, maybe longer. I need to ask my trainer.

My guess is that I pushed too hard, too fast. I don't know if I was pushing myself to run too fast or too far or both but I obviously need to heal and rethink my approach.

(Weight is at my 'sweet spot'. I'm comfortable where I am. I'd love 3-4 pounds to just melt away before the cruise so I can indulge but I don't want it enough to restrict my calories any more than I'm already doing. Body fat is coming down slowly but, again, I'm comfortable with the progress.)
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CONFIDENTLY_FIT 6/6/2012 4:17PM

    Achilles tendonitis was my first running injury also. I had to stop all exercise for about a week. When I went to the Dr. about it she told me to stop running. She also recommended the elliptical. I did buy ankle braces from Wal Mart and that seemed to help. I also remember checking Runner's World for advice on how to combat it. Standing on a step and stretching my heels toward the ground was one stretch I had to do. When I first started I could barely touch the ground it hurt so bad.
Try Googling The Five Most Common Running Injuries and see if you are able to find more info.

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KJDOESLIFE 6/6/2012 2:42PM

    If you want to keep running, check on exercises to help combat achilles' tendonitis. I have it, too, but there are exercises on runner's world and other sites to help. Mine is pretty tolerable and only flares up occasionally, but it's pretty controllable. Have fun on your cruise!

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DZSWEETIE2005 6/6/2012 8:36AM

    Its so awesome that you've maintained for so long now! I can't wait to be at my "sweet spot"!

Hopefully the injury will go away easily with a little rest!

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