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Injury or soreness after my LSR

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

I had a heavier than normal run week last week (35 miles when I have normally been doing 25-30 miles). Then yesterday, during my LSR, my left ankle was sore and I took it easy on the pace. I probably should have dialed back on the distance too, because the rest of the day and into today, my Achilles has been very sore. I have been stretching it and should probably be icing it too (but have not so far). I am taking a rest day today (and perhaps walking and stretching tomorrow) before trying to jog or run again.

I don't think I pulled anything. I think maybe my sore ankle affected my gait enough to irritate my Achilles. I don't want to stop moving but I don't want to aggravate it so much that I get a more serious injury that will sideline me. Aside from getting walloped in the head with a forearm cast playing soccer, I have been relatively injury free this year and would like to stay injury free!

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CONFIDENTLY_FIT 5/19/2013 10:04AM

    Achilles issues are nothing to mess with. I tried to push through and ended up not being able to work out for almost a month. Not worth it.

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DDOORN 5/17/2013 5:00PM

    Ouch! Baby that Achilles and cheers to a speedy bounce-back!


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OWL_20 5/17/2013 8:22AM

    Being on the injured list is totally no fun--hope your ankle and Achilles heal quickly so you can get back out there!

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MARINEMAMA 5/17/2013 5:33AM

    Rest to allow heal.... and great distance! WOWZA!

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PMRUNNER 5/16/2013 1:46PM

    Being sidelined is such a bummer! If it is tendinitis/tendinosis, it can take a while to recover. I get the majority of my fitness from running and lost access to my pool and gym. It will be difficult to get in the fitness I need and rest my achilles to get back on track. Total bummer!

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OPTIMIST1948 5/15/2013 6:35AM

    I second Pam. Too much! Ice cannot hurt you, only help (heat CAN hurt if misused) Thou shalt heed thy body and REST!

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MARGARITTM 5/15/2013 6:20AM

    I second Boil Ham.

I am on the injured reserve myself - NO FUN!

Lets have a great running Summer!

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 5/14/2013 11:07PM

    Tight calves can irritate the Achilles. Do you use a foam roller?

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ROXYZMOM 5/14/2013 10:45PM

    It's a pain and hard to do, but .... You know you need to give it a rest. If you don't you will not only make it worse but will then overcompensate somewhere else for it and end up with another injury.

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WILSONWR 5/14/2013 9:12PM

    Definitely take it easy. Better to be sidelined for a few days than a few weeks (or longer!).

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MOBYCARP 5/14/2013 7:42PM

    I hope it's minor enough that one or two non-running days will fix it. It's no fun to be taken out of the game from doing too much.

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JESSIKA_56 5/14/2013 7:11PM

    Listen to your body and rest when needed!

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WINDSURFNERD 5/14/2013 4:55PM

    Good for you for listening to that pain and taking steps to address the source! I've been following your posts and blogs and it seems like you've been doing a fair amount of long runs an quite a few fast ones recently (blame the nicer weather, maybe?). One of my favorite online gurus (Greg McMillan) posted a tool that I use whenever I get sick/ helps me diagnose the problem before things get out of hand:
BR>Hope it works for you, and good luck on your recovery!

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PAMDAQTPI 5/14/2013 4:37PM

    Your mileage increased by 16%-40% this week. It was too much of an increase. 10% is the recommended max increase in speed or mileage per week.

I decided to go from couch to marathon and my biggest fear has been that an injury would sideline me. Aside from a sore knee which was threatening to become a full blown injury before I started foam rolling and adding some strength training I've been alright.

I hope you feel better soon. Take care of yourself and follow the 10% rule and you should be fine. I'd hate to see you sidelined due to a preventable injury.

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FITFOODIE806 5/14/2013 4:07PM

    Hope it heals quickly. I have some ankle pain during long runs once in awhile. A frozen bag of veggies works well to ice that area.

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STRIVERONE 5/14/2013 4:02PM

    As a person who who does not ice when I should, I'd encourage you to use some. There's really not much of a downside.

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KELLIEBEAN 5/14/2013 3:58PM

    That is too bad. I need all my running mentors in tip top shape because you know it's all about me...


Seriously, I'm sorry to hear that and hope it heals quickly!


A cast to the head?! eeeyow!

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GOING-STRONG 5/14/2013 3:57PM

    Your strategy to take it easy for a few days sounds like a good one. Hope things improve for you quickly and you are back in fine running form in no time!


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    Take Care...try adding eccentric heel raises...

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LEWILL1982 5/14/2013 3:06PM

    Good luck, keep us posted. Those of us who are novice, learn from those who are experienced :-)

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MERRY_XMAS 5/14/2013 2:49PM

    Take it easy and you'll be back in no time!
Get better soon!

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KRISZTA11 5/14/2013 2:09PM

    I'm sorry about the sore leg.
Take care!

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VISUALLYRICS 5/14/2013 2:03PM

    I wish you a speedy recovery...::how frustrating this must be for you. I am truly sorry. Might I recommend a team with amazing seasoned runners? Catherine, Monty & Cindy might be able to assist you. This is the Jeff Galloway Team.

emoticon feel better soon, Laura

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BIGPAWSUP 5/14/2013 1:58PM

    Here is wishing you a speedy recovery. Take care.

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BOILHAM 5/14/2013 1:56PM

    I'm certainly no expert, but it sounds like your increased mileage just caught up with you on LR day, with resulting DOMs. I feel your pain, though. Ankle and knee problems are always there with me, and I have to be very careful on intensity and adding miles too quickly.
I hope you recover quickly, and think you will with a bit of rest.

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