Earlier today I ran and tried to duplicate the run two days ago. Going down with the heel and still a high cadence. It didn’t feel any different today. And I haven’t had any problems these past days with the achilles. I’m really hoping this will help. It do seem logic.
Tomorrow I will do a short run, just to get me going on every day run. Haven’t had any trouble whatsoever during the whole week now and I feel ready.
I forgot to put on the footpod on today’s run though, so no distance or pace, but I ran exactly the same course as two days ago, meaning I was a little slower today.
Sat 16 July – Easy run in fuzhou
44:04 – 162 in avg hr
A few days ago I read an article at Science of sport about whether heel-, midfoot- or forefoot-strike were most efficient in running.
It was very interesting and made me think of my present situation with injury and everything. Since 2009 I’ve believed that a midfoot strike is the best, no matter what speed. Now I guess some of you will go “I can’t believe this guy! Hey honey, have you heard?…” But since I haven’t had any injuries until recently I haven’t thought it to be bad at least.
But it makes sense – I have pressed myself hard in very short time. I did that during the spring when I ran races with short time in between and at the same time increased my speed. midfoot strike would make the calfs work hard making them tight. If I always run like that even on the easy runs maybe the calfs never get to rest enough. At least it could be an explanation to my injured achilles.
Anyway, I thought it couldn’t hurt to try to adjust my strike a little. So on my last run I forced myself to land on the heel. Just slightly, hardly noticable. Though I did feel a great difference. For the first time I felt the cushion in my very flat Adidas Adizero CS 🙂 And also, I didn’t get a single niggle. Afterwards my calfs weren’t one tenth as tight as they usually are. It was even hard to get anything out of stretching them. I also noticed that my cadence still didn’t change. I were at 90 strides / min. The thing is, I’ve read that at a stride of 90 you force yourself to land on the midfoot. Well, according to the article above I guess that is only applicable if you run fast enough. It would be very interesting if they would film one of the elites running slowly (like I do) to examine how they land.
Since my little experiment worked so fine I will try it again on Saturday 😉
Tue 12 July – Easy run in fuzhou
41:04 – 8.12 km – 5:04 min/km – 150 in avg hr
Back in Fuzhou. I will write a post about the weekend – but this is solely for the running and injury.
The day after the Fridays run I thought I would feel something in the morning. Amazingly I didn’t. I persisted in my strengthening exercises of the achilles. The icing was a little hard these past two days though, but I have been trying to keep the foot elevated as often as I could. It’s not always appropiate among newly met friends 😉
No niggles during the Saturday either. Not even in the morning.
Today I ran when I came home to Fuzhou – in the afternoon. It started raining during the run – heavily. But it was quite refreshing compared to the usual climate. They say it’s supposed to rain quite a lot in the beginning of the summer here, but at least I haven’t noticed..
No niggles at all during the run either. So now I’m up to 4 days without a single trace of it. However I get easily tight in the calfs – especially the right one, where I’ve been having the problems. I try my best to stretch it away – I do know that it’s a symptom to Achilles Tendonitis.
Sun 10 July – Easy run in fuzhou
46:23 – 9.47 km – 5:08 min/km – 166 in avg hr
This morning I felt something in the achilles again. No pain – just something. And something is too much. I thought I was through with this now. Two weeks without even a trace, and now it might be coming back..
I really don’t need this. I guess noone does, I’m just so tired of it. I spent the day stretching the calf muscles and achilles several times thoroughly. I decided to go running still, but I only did 30 minutes. I stretched before and immediately after. I also applied ice for 10 minutes after it.
I suppose I will have to take it easy another week.