So, last week I ramped up my running with surprising ease.
This weekend, I attended Girl Scout Camporee with my daughter in which I wore flip-flops (which I never wear in regular life) to and from the bathhouse.
This morning I discovered that my right Achilles Tendon had become tighter than a tick. It hurts to walk on and I'm icing the heck out of it right now.
I'm not sure if this was caused by the upswing in the running last week, by wearing flip-flops on rocky terrain, or by some combination thereof, but it hurts like a mutha.
I never heard or felt a "pop" in the tendon, so I'm assuming it's just tendonitis and not a rupture.
From everything I've read online, I should cool it with the running, at least for a few days. Dragon*Con is this weekend, and that requires *tons* of walking, so I thought I might lay off the running until then, in the hopes that the walking at D*C won't injure it further.
I had also been planning on running this Saturday at Dragon*Con, because it takes place in downtown Atlanta and I thought running on city streets might be a fun experience. Depending on how I feel, I may still attempt it -- would that be stupid?
For those of you out there who may have personal experience with this issue, how long before I should run again, do you think? I know it's highly subjective, but I feel like I was just getting my groove on with the running.
While I take a timeout from running, is it okay to do those heel-lowering exercises (the "eccentric calf drops") that are supposed to be good for AT, or do I need to heal before starting those?
Thanks for any and all advice -- this kind of hit me out of nowhere!