February Training Log: Hiccups

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As you can imagine, February didn’t go exactly as I hoped. Although March is starting rocky out as well. I went from healthy to injured to healthy and right back to injured. The last month has been a roller coaster.  If you haven’t been following along, I *think* I irritated my Achilles wearing the Next% in a half marathon. After taking complete rest and get Active Release Therapy, it got fully better. Then last weekend, I raced a 4 mile race, only for it to be right back at square one.

Miles Run: around 200
Range of Pace: 6:15-12:30-untimed
Shortest Run: 2 miles
Longest Run: 14 miles
Rest Days: 7
Cross Training Days:
Swimming: 2
Hiking: 2
19154 3 Mile Race: 19:14/6:24 per mile
Hilton Head Half Marathon (1:31.13)


Both races brought some confidence. Even though the 19154 race was short, I ran well for the day and the hills.

Truthfully, I hoped the Hilton Head Half Marathon would be faster, but it was a slow course with mile 6-7 having 12 turns (yes 12). So in all, I was happy with my effort.  The problem came with wearing the Nike Next%.

After racing the half in the Next%, my Achilles were extremely swollen. I was worried I might have a serious issue when running easy didn’t help. After taking a week off and getting Active Release Therapy from Dr. Craig, my issue went away.

At first, I was embarrassed that it wasn’t “as bad” as we originally thought.  After taking a week off, it seemingly got better. I ran a week of easy runs with no pain (literally none), and then raced the Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup 4 Miler.  Now my Achilles feel like they are right back to square one.

Since it’s been about a month, my doctors agreed that I should probably get an MRI. Which I don’t want to particularly do, but at this point, I know it’s for the best.

I mentioned in a previous that last year around this time got busy and I chose sleep over running more times than not. This March-June will be just as busy but I’m really focusing on trying to make running a routine and balancing life, work, and running. It’s much easier said than done.

Posts from the Month:

Shoe Reviews:

Hoka One One Cavu 3 Shoe Review

Mizuno Wave Sky 3 Shoe Review

Saucony Ride ISO 2 Shoe Review

Nike React Infinity Run Shoe Review

Product Reviews: 

Huma Energy Gel Review

A New Way to Display Race Medals with Kudos

Koala Clip Review

Safety Skin Review

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Questions for you:

Have you ever had Achilles issues?

How was your month of training?