Monday, October 14, 2013
I figured out what caused my Achilles issue in may.
I have decided it was a new pair of shoes. I decided to try some new shoes and had a discount, so I bought a pair. I eased into them, taking them on a few shorter and slower runs. I added them into the mix, alternating runs with the new shoes and old shoes. After the injury/Achilles irrirtation, I stopped wearing them and recovered in my old shoes. I have been able to build back up in my old shoes, largely pain/irritation free.
Fast forward a few months and I go to a conference for four days. I packed my overnight bag and added in my new shoes. I did two runs, ten miles over two days (moderate distance and pace for me). Sure enough, similar irritation in my ankle.
Now I know what I did, I can stop running in the new shoes all together. Kind of an expensive experiment,even with a discount, but that's ok. I ran today at lunch in my old shoes, 4 mi in 32:30, with little to no pain (some residual soreness in the ankle, but no new irritation or pain).
I don't want to bash the new shoes, I have a few friends who love them and won't run in anything else. They just didn't work for me.
I just passed 810 miles this week, 190 to go, on track to make it!
Happy running everyone!