I was coming to the end of a seven mile jog last week when I noticed my achilles tendon was feeling a bit tight. I dismissed it and kept going because I had had to run up a flight of stairs in order to cross a railway line. I managed to go about another half mile and suddenly felt the tendon go into a spasm/tear and I stopped immediately. I could barely walk due to the pain and limped the final hundred yards home. After a week I am now able to walk ok, but every time I try to break into a gentle trot, I get pain from the tendon. I have not been to see my GP as I cannot see that he can do anything to help. Any idea how long it will be before I can run again?
Try booking up for B&B in a small guest house in Whitley Bay or Tynemouth, they are on the seafront and only about seven miles or so from Newcastle city centre. They are both on the Metro and there are literally dozens upon dozens of them. Try the Tourist Information website for Whitley Bay/Tynemouth for telephone numbers of guest houses.
I have just come back to running three months ago, after a 35 year break! I started slowly running on my own, and after getting stuck on 3 miles in about 28 minutes( with a couple of 4 milers in between, I went out last Sunday am and comfortably ran 10k in just over 60 minutes. On Monday I did 5 miles in 50 minutes, had a rest on Tuesday, then did 3 miles on Wednesday and did it in 23 minutes dead! I thought this is great, 7.5 minute miles. However, on Thursday I came back down to earth with a bang, I tried a 5 mile run and just could not get going. I did not feel like running, but forced myself to do so. I ran a mile then had to stop and walk for a couple of minutes because I was breathless, which is something I haven't expreienced since I started running again, the rest of the run was littered with stops. I was slightly demoralised. Today, I ran at lunchtime with a colleague from work and did 4 miles, again I did not feel like running and was breathless and struggling most of the way,(although I only had one breather of about a minute after 2 miles). I managed to finish in 33 minutes, so it does not seem as though I am going too fast. I noticed that I could not seem to get enough air into my lungs. Any ideas where I am going wrong?
I bought a mini radio that slips into my pocket and I use a set of old fashioned headphones with a headband, I can't recall what the technical name is ...probably headphones!). I just pull on a baseball cap and it holds it in place. I find the variety of music and chat helps. As regards to traffic, I am always alert. It's like driving a car, always expect the other person to do something unexpected. Don't ever assume drivers have seen you.
The furthest I had previously managed was 4 miles and it just about killed me( although I did recover very quickly). I have just returned from my first run since last Thursday (circumstances conspired to prevent me going out over the weekend). I chose a new course for today and determined to run 5 miles. I was prepared to walk if necessary, however,to to my amazement I ran 5.4 miles non-stop in 52.02 mins dead, and I felt as though I could have gone even further, I wasn't even breathing hard when I finished. I just may see you all at Bramhall on Sunday.