Sub 1:25 Files: Rest and Recovery
Last week, I mentioned I would run easy on my Achilles and if it still bothered me by the end of the week, I would rest. That’s not what happened.
I decided on Monday I just had no interest in running when I was sore. Running when things hurt isn’t pleasant, so I rested. To be honest, I just didn’t feel like cross-training and I wasn’t motivated either. This particular injury hit me like a freight train and took the wind out of my sails. I had no interest in going to the gym, swim, or work out. I just wanted to rest and throw a pity party. Plus, I’ve been busy it’s been hard to find the 2-hour commitment the pool is (getting there, swimming, showering, getting home).
So anyway, I rested. I do feel as though the week was productive in finding out what caused my injury and also recovery. Dr. Craig with Dr. Kemonosh has been aggressively doing ART on my Achilles and I feel as though I’m healing. My ankles are no longer cancles and I can walk around normally.
On Sunday, I decided since I felt ok to try running on soft ground. The worst that could happen was it hurt and I stop. It didn’t hurt. I know if I had continued to run on it last week I wouldn’t have healed. I knew that, but it’s always easier said than done.
I hate muscular injuries because you never really know if you can run. You know when you shouldn’t and can’t, but you don’t have a clear cut answer to when you can start running. Broken bones (I don’t like these either of course not) have a very distinct timeline: break a bone, heal for X months, then you can ease back into running. Muscular injuries heal on their own time. I’ve had muscle injuries that take two months and muscle injuries that take a week.
I don’t really have a log to write because I didn’t do much in terms of working out. I ran on Sunday, and that’s it.
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I ran today. A week ago, I felt defeated. Running easy wasn’t making my Achilles better. I needed rest. Not cross training but being off my feet as much as possible. So that’s what I did and took the week off. Muscular and tendon injuries are weird. They heal on their time. Maybe a week. Maybe a month. It’s easy to hate them that way, because there is no timeline. You wake up one day feeling better. Today I went out for a couple of miles on soft ground and I felt a lot better. I’m glad I took a week off and got Active Release Therapy. I know if I continued to run easy I wouldn’t be another week of frustration. I don’t know what next week will bring, hopefully easing back into running.
As far as life goes, I’ve been busy. I was selected for jury duty which eats up some time, then working in run specialty, then typical military life stuff. The next 3 months are going to be extremely busy for me (basically until June 1). In the previous two years, I’ve chosen sleep, friends, or more important things instead of running. Do I want an extra hour of sleep when I’ve been busy for 12 hours, or do I want to go for a run? I chose sleep a lot.
It overwhelms me to think about cramming training into my life too when I’m out of the house sometimes 12 hours per day. I know I can do it, but I know it will be a shock to my system. Anyway, just rambles I’ve tried to figure out.
Next week I’m playing it by ear with running. It isn’t as if I ran once and I know I’m completely healed. Hopefully, my Achilles continues to recover and that I’m on the upward swing.
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