Bon voyage, Lorenzo! Wishing you, Poacher and BikeIt the very best of races this weekend. What an
KR - after a few weeks of downtime, the Achilles seems much better and is responding well to running again. I went for a nice 9 miler at 7:43m/m yesterday followed by gym session and all is well today. It is a fine balance between working the tendon but not overdoing it and I only ever know whether I have achieved it by how I feel the next day. 74 secs per 400m is moving at some pace! Great session for you there!
Another casualty from the BUPA 10K today coming home in a sluggish 39:21. I wasn't expecting a brilliant time after my marathon/post-marathon injuries and was grateful to be able to run. It was very exciting to turn up in the elite tent and have a chat with the lovely Jo Pavey who had been up all night vomiting with either food poisoning or a gastro type bug. She still managed to run 32:xx feeling queasy! That's pure class.
Time for me to now focus on recovering from my niggles, strengthening and hit the yoga studio more than once a week.
I ended up benched for a year by running on an achilles niggle that came back to bite me so make sure you tread carefully with this one (excuse the pun). Tendon injuries are ones that can set you back for quite some time if you don't pay them heed. Continuing running gently is good to encourage blood flow to the injured tendon but speedwork and too much volume is probably pushing your luck. Nobody has ever suffered adversely from paying attention to the calves and foam rolling them so give that a go, addressing the hamstrings and glutes while you are at it. Consider rolling a ball under the foot for good measure, then you have loosened everything around the tendon and covered all bases. And give it time. And maybe a bit of yoga. If that doesn't help, seek professional advice. Physios, sports therapists - they are brilliant at helping you understand what is causing the problem in the first place which is vital to avoid a recurrence of the problem. Finally, patience is a definite requirement with achilles niggles. Good luck!
Afternoon all. Have been a bit absent as home life intervenes and my Achilles has given me issues. I have had issues with both in the past and it flared up after the marathon. I sprained my ankle around mile 3 and I think racing 23 miles hard after that meant I unwittingly put extra impact on the other side. The achilles has been tetchy since London, probably not helped by a few sessions of speedwork. Anyway, I have decided not to do that South Downs Trail Marathon and take it easy until my autumn marathon training begins. I did ask if I could push my place forwards to 2016, but if anyone is interested in taking my spot, I would happily transfer the number over to you gratis. I suspect the race organisers would prefer this as I have already moved from another race I couldn't do and I may be getting on their nerves with all my requests to shift races. Anyhoo, let me know by PM. Happy injury-free Pfitz training all. I'll be back when I start my autumn marathon training.