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.)