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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
    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.
    1740 days ago
  • DDOORN
    Ouch! Baby that Achilles and cheers to a speedy bounce-back!

    Don
    1742 days ago
  • OWL_20
    Being on the injured list is totally no fun--hope your ankle and Achilles heal quickly so you can get back out there!
    1742 days ago
  • MARINEMAMA
    Rest to allow heal.... and great distance! WOWZA!
    1742 days ago
  • PMRUNNER
    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!
    1743 days ago
  • OPTIMIST1948
    I second Pam. Too much! Ice cannot hurt you, only help (heat CAN hurt if misused) Thou shalt heed thy body and REST!
    1744 days ago
  • MARGARITTM
    I second Boil Ham.

    I am on the injured reserve myself - NO FUN!

    Lets have a great running Summer!

    1744 days ago
  • LIVE2RUN4LIFE
    Tight calves can irritate the Achilles. Do you use a foam roller?
    1744 days ago
  • ROXYZMOM
    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.
    1744 days ago
  • WILSONWR
    Definitely take it easy. Better to be sidelined for a few days than a few weeks (or longer!).
    1744 days ago
  • MOBYCARP
    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.
    1744 days ago
  • JESSIKA_56
    Listen to your body and rest when needed!
    1744 days ago
  • WINDSURFNERD
    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/injured...it helps me diagnose the problem before things get out of hand: http://www.runnersworld.com/race-tr
    aining/what-went-wrong-log
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    BR>Hope it works for you, and good luck on your recovery!
    Naomi
    1745 days ago
  • PAMDAQTPI
    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.
    1745 days ago
  • FITFOODIE806
    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.
    1745 days ago
  • STRIVERONE
    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.
    1745 days ago
  • KELLIEBEAN
    That is too bad. I need all my running mentors in tip top shape because you know it's all about me...

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

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    A cast to the head?! eeeyow!
    1745 days ago
  • GOING-STRONG
    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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    1745 days ago
  • LIGHTNINGRUNNER
    Take Care...try adding eccentric heel raises...
    1745 days ago
  • NATPLUMMER
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  • LEWILL1982
    Good luck, keep us posted. Those of us who are novice, learn from those who are experienced :-)
    1745 days ago
  • MERRY_XMAS
    Take it easy and you'll be back in no time!
    Get better soon!

    1745 days ago
  • KRISZTA11
    I'm sorry about the sore leg.
    Take care!

    1745 days ago
  • VISUALLYRICS
    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
    1745 days ago
  • BIGPAWSUP
    Here is wishing you a speedy recovery. Take care.
    1745 days ago
  • BOILHAM
    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.
    1745 days ago
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