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7/23/15 7:26 A

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This is crazy as I've been dealing with my Achilles since I aggravated it at Madeira Beach Tri on May 31!
Ran a super slow 3 miles last night at Safety Harbor Athletic Club Run just to stay loose. My Achilles was slightly sore. This morning, I'm feeling good. Taped properly, I'll be able to go at Saturday's Top Gun Tri! I'll be better warmed up after the swim and bike and will pace to the pain! Pretzel logic but I've been getting run/treatment guidance from my PT Dr. and Elite Triathletes. It's great to be reading on experiences here on this team as well!
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7/21/15 6:39 P

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Well we are in the third week of July and I have not had any pain since the end of June. I am impressed and happy that it is past. I kept running just as he said I could, except when the pain became an issue then I would walk until I could run again. I used the ice and did the calf exercises as well as self-massage of the tendon.
My Double Half is this coming weekend and I feel prepared. Also had a half at the end of June which I PR'd with no problem.
Hope you are on the mend Lynn.

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7/13/15 11:17 A

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Dee... I'd be interested in knowing how things turned out for you after your doctor visit. I am suffering from the same thing (most likely). I have a doctor's appt. tomorrow late morning as I have a triathlon in less than two weeks. I am fully prepared to have to pull out of it. It's an olympic distance, meaning the run portion is a 10K. I could barely finish six miles on Saturday when I was scheduled to go eight miles. I was to move right into half marathon training the weekend after my triathlon, but now even that is highly unlikely (fortunately, didn't officially sign up for that one yet).

You said your doctor thought it would only take a couple of weeks and you'd be fine. Did that hold true? That is not what I'm reading in my Google searches. Seems it could take 3 - 6 months depending on how soon it was caught. :( I hope you are recovered and in full swing. For now, I will be running in the pool in a "Fluid Running" class at our local YMCA.

Take care and hope your heel is as good as new.

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Dee, glad to hear it's not serious. emoticon

Catherine, great advice as usual.

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Glad to hear that it's not a serious injury.

It's usually my IT band that complains about a cambered road. It happened to me once towards the end of the Mount Dessert Island Marathon in Maine. There was nowhere to reroute traffic in one stretch so we had to run on the shoulder and deal both with a camber and broken up / uneven pavement. Not nice for legs that had already run over 20 miles.

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Well I had my doctor's visit today and he said that I should keep doing what I am doing. If I can tolerate the run, then run. He gave me more stretching exercises and says it should go away in a couple of weeks at the most. No restrictions, it is just tendinitis. Xrays all look great and the tendon is not thick or swollen. He said that I should take Aleve on running days and that is will go away.
I feel better now that a doctor has checked it out, I just want it gone. I was getting a bit cranky not being able to run.
He also said right now try to run on level surfaces for awhile since I told him about the road being banked on my last half. I was not the only one having a problem with this route that day. It is a beautiful route but I doubt that I would do that race again.

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If it is from trigger points in the calves, stretching won't help. Think of a knotted rubber band. Stretching doesn't remove the knot. Same with tissue. You need pressure on the knotted tissue from something like a foam roller or a sports massage (not a feel good massage ).

Have you tried foam rolling the calves? Eccentric calf stretches help too (despite what I said earlier about stretching).

But if it is painful all the time, it may be inflamed. Good to see the doctor. However, the root cause could still be tight calves. You've got to figure out root cause to prevent recurrence in addition to addressing the current injury.

Did it come on suddenly or gradually? The former suggests some specific event that caused an injury (landing wrong or maybe running in that uneven surface ). The latter suggests an overuse problem that was allowed to progress to an injury. Could be a combination.

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Yeah, I am not sure. I usually always stretch after runs and try to stretch the calves throughout the day a little bit. It seems to bother me less when I am in my slippers or barefoot. I am just afraid that my running season is ruined. But I guess I will wait until I see the doctor and see what he suggests for it. I am thinking (hoping) that it is something minor, it is not a constant pain and touching it does not make it hurt any worse. I know that I cannot run right now, it hurts to have sneakers on. I have several pairs of different sneakers and none, old or new feel good right now. My flip flops feel great! I would have thought more support would be better?
Either way, I see the doctor on Monday. Guess till then I choose a different mode of exercise.

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I have occasional overuse issues with my left achilles. Foam rolling and massage usually solve it. Tight calves (a common issue for distance runners) can put extra strain on the Achilles. Can you tell if it is painful or just tight / irritated. The former would suggest an injury. Does it bother you all the time?

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Don't know if anyone has had any experience with it. My problem seems to come and go. I am not sure exactly when it started, but it was sometime over winter. The first time I remember feeling any tenderness was either x-c skiing or hiking. I felt my boot bothering me on two occasions but I don't remember which came first. I really thought it was the boots. Last month I started feeling it while I was running long miles so I started to try and take it easy. I was training for a half and so I took advantage of the taper time (sort of) and started icing, rolling and massage. It was feeling better by the day of the half. The first half seemed to go great but coming back the road had an awful slant and my ankle did not like that at all. I ended up walking a lot more then usual. I finished but I am not very happy about it. I have another half at the end of June. I hope to rest the ankle and cross train (mostly bike) to keep in shape. Also calling a doctor this morning just in case.
Looking for any suggestions or experiences from the group.

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