ORN: 16.2 miles, 2:59:31, R/W 4/1, 11:05/mile
One of the benefits of blogging is the record. Much like the diary or personal journal of an earlier era, a blog puts down one's observations as a snapshot. Future reference is often useful. Unlike a journal, though, we do it in public. Happy to have you reading along.
Today's topic is my sore right Achilles tendon. I have not had an injury for several years now, so this is new territory. It arose after my 24 mile run last Saturday. It seems I must have strained it somehow...on Monday, I actually saw a bit of discoloration, indicating I must have popped a few blood vessels. I shuffled through 5 miles last Sunday but then decided to give it an extra day of rest and didn't run again until Thursday.
So, looking at today's scheduled 16 miler, I wasn't sure just what it would feel like. Heading out the door in our chilly upper 30s, the tendon was stiff. It didn't really hurt but I was certainly aware of it on each stride. I kept the pace easy and used a 4/1 run/walk ratio.
What surprised me was how it gradually improved. By mile 5, I really wasn't noticing it any more. Miles 6-8 were up a long, gentle incline, where I wondered if it would strain more. But there was no pain. By mile 12, it was a touch noticeable but only when I focused on it. The run ended with 16 in the bank and it was OK.
After the run, I iced it again. I found, as I have all week, it was most noticeable when I stood up after sitting for a while. It seems it stiffens somewhat with in-action.
Given that I have a 33.5 mile trail race in two weeks, I'm wondering what this means. Realizing I ran the equivalent of a marathon last week, the tendon felt consistently better as the week went on, that a long run today went OK and I'm in taper mode, I decided the Achilles would likely be OK for the race.
And why did the injury happen? I gotta figure it was overuse. I probably dialed up my mileage too quickly in an effort to get set for the long race. Note to self.
Thanks for reading over my shoulder!