What to do
It appears to be time for my annual foray in to the RW injury clinic. I have been travelling a lot with work lately, which has caused me to miss a few runs and now have a tender LH Achilles. I am training for the Beachy head marathon (25th October).
Typically I would run for an hour (6.5-7mi) on a Tuesday. Thursday would be a 1-1.5hr run, and a long run on a Sunday.
The past couple of weeks have looked like this:
W/C 31/7: 9mi run, 3 mi cycle (holiday, 1 LSR). No problems. This was a cut back week (previous week's was ~17mi)
W/C 7/8: 19mi run (2 runs, 14mi LSR), 68mi cycle. No problems.
W/C 14/8: 20 mi (2 runs, 15mi LSR). No problems.
W/C 21/8 20mi (2 runs, 13mi LSR). No problems during run. Very stiff after 13miler, and Achilles tender for a few days. 7mi on Thursday was OK, but Achilles twinged for a few days.
W/C 28/8 20mi (2 runs, 17mi LSR). Did LSR on Monday giving Achilles extra time. I was aware of it from mile 6, but it was good until 16 when it became tender, but it was not a show stopper. Cold bath and ice afterwards. Was OK for the rest of the day, in fact, I was shocked at how good I felt. Tuesday I ran a test 3 miler, and again it was tender but no real pain. It could be pinched the next day - it is tendered compared to the RH Achilles, but no real issue.
So the normal plan for this week would be a run for 1-1.5 hrs tonight, then this weekend do an 18 miler.
I really don't know what to do though. I could rest for the rest of this week then do the 18, or miss all of this week and re-start on Tuesday next week? I have plenty of weeks left (LSRs are 18, 13, 20, 13, 20, 12, 8, Mara), and instead of the planned 2 x 20 mile LSR I could do just 1.
As a rule I am stiff most mornings and walk like John Wayne for the first few minutes, both legs/Achilles aching.
What does the collective might of the RW forum recommend? I feel I should run tonight as I have missed so many sessions, but I know this is probably a bad idea...
Hi Cat5. First of all, my sympathy, as I'm suffering from a bout of achilles tendinitis now.
You might want to check out this thread, which already has loads of great advice.
Don't forget that if you push an inflamed achilles tendon, you're only a few steps away from a rupture, which needs surgery and a long rehabiliation. Maybe see a sports physiotherapist if you're intending to keep on training?
Good luck and hope you get a good outcome.
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