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
On this mornings run I felt very confident and fit. It felt like I didn’t break a sweat before at least twenty minutes had past. Of course I did, but not extensively. I count from when I need to wipe away it from my eyebrows or upper lip 🙂
Unfortunately the run wasn’t completed. Not the full 40 minutes I aimed for. Two hours earlier a chinese guy took us to the cantine on the depot. I usually only eat a big cup of instant noodles (The ones they have here in china are really delicious! I could live only on them) between 12 and 1 a.m. Then I go running around 5.30 a.m and never have a problem. Today I had, meaning I had to take a shorter route and end it at around 36 minutes. But I intend to take a little longer route tomorrow instead.
This was a very evident indication of what has been the root to my digestional problems. I haven’t had any at all for over a month..
Mon 4 July – Easy run in fuzhou
35:50 – 7.26 km – 4:57 min/km – 153 in avg hr
Yesterday I had a nice long chat with coach. Among other things we talked about my injury and what I need to do to get it better. One idea is that I might need to let go of it phychologically – stop focusing on getting better and instead trying to enjoy the running. The other thing is to work on it physically, for example with stretches and strength training..
He also made me aware I should be running at at least a pace of 5:00 min/km, no slower. If I hadn’t injured myself or had the stressing time of becoming father again he thought it would’ve come by itself in between winter and summer. As it is now I have to go there myself.
So earlier today, around 16.00 I went out. It was 33 degrees and steamy.. After running for 30 minutes I was sure I couldn’t complete the whole hour. The heat was just too much. Maybe also the fact that I increased my pace with 20 seconds per minute in a leap.
The sweat was pouring. I ran bare-chested, which by the way was very liberating. In Sweden I never get the chance to do so, but here in China many people run bare-chested. And the staring looks I get even with the shirt on, so that shouldn’t keep me from doing it. It’s like this – half of the people I meet stare uninhibitedly – half of them smile as they do it and half don’t. Those who don’t look at you like you’re some kind of freak :D. This is not just because of the running. It’s like that all the time here. Not that much in more international cities, though, like Shanghai. They’re more used to foreigners there. Here most people don’t know a word English, except maybe Hello which some of the young people shout after you nervously once they’ve passed by you and gathered the courage.. Then they laugh out loud 🙂
Anyway, after 35 minutes I had run a lap.. Then I was so exhausted I thought I would only be running for 10 minutes more. But after 5 minutes, when it was time to turn around, I instead found myself doing the lap – only a shorter one. I ran for 52 minutes, exhausted and fatigued.. It took me an hour or so to get back on track.
Funny thing though, I didn’t get a single niggle in the right foot this time. Ealier I have noticed at some runs that I don’t get it when I increase the speed just a little. But I only thought I got strange ideas. Hopefully it will be exactly the same next run. But that time I will keep the pace a little slower. And also – run in the morning instead when it’s only around 25 degrees warm