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:
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.
View this post on Instagram
|19154 3 Mile Race: (19:14/6:24 per mile)| Decided to hop into a local race today. 10 seconds per mile faster than the last time I ran a 5k. Would have snuck right under 20 minutes if it was a 5k. Between the climbs and the turns, it was a challenging course. Work is beginning to turn into progress.
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:
Finally, have you subscribed to the LOLZletter? It’s a free newsletter that comes out each Monday. In the newsletter, I share running industry trends and things relevant to the sport.
Questions for you:
Have you ever had Achilles issues?
How was your month of training?