Thursday, May 23, 2013
It has been about a week and a half since I came up lame with a sore ankle/Achilles after a 12 mile run. I have been stretching, rollering, and walking in the mean time. I injured myself shortly after signing up for a 10k this weekend (25 May) and have not been sure if I will be able to run by the race or not.
This morning I tested it out on a 5k loop through campus. It was definitely a short slow run (SSR) for me. 29 min, 9:15 pace. It started to feel tender/sore again by the end. Bummer!
What to do on Saturday? My friend is also running, I may go to the race with him and see if they will let me switch into the 5k category and just take it slow and easy. Or miss the run. The 10k is out of the question though. When I signed up, I was thinking it would be a good race to try to PR (45:11, set in 2001 or so). Now, I can forget about that and focus on getting it healthy again.
The majority of my fitness time and stress outlet has been with running. It is hard to not run. I find myself watching others run by and wanting to go join them. Instead I will work on finding other exercise options until I can run comfortably again. Maybe it is a good time to tune up the road bike?
One of my goals for the year is to run 1,000 miles. I am at about 480 right now, which is ahead of schedule. If my recovery and rehab are not too long, I should be able to still make it. Otherwise, I may have to reassess that target.