So.. After my visit to the orthopedic today who by the way was the same as last time, I will now continue my every 2nd day running but add a long run every week. I told him I did a 1 h 30 min run last Saturday, and he thought it to be good for me to go on with that. And even increase a little on the long run every week. Sadly my Achilles tendonitis – which he is sure it is – didn’t show the whole past week – have felt stable as ever. He did tell me that it might show up again, but that these injuries is nothing peculiar to someone running as much as I do. It’s only a matter of what injury it will be next time and when. And also that it’s nothing to worry about – and that for most injuries the worst thing I could do is quit running. Then it might heal faster, but the time to get back to the same workload will be much longer.
Why he did want me to increase is that I told him that it hasn’t gotten worse in these months and that I still have increased my running – I increased my pace from 5:25 min/km to just below 5:00. He thought that it hadn’t gotten worse was a very good sign.
I also told him about the race 27/8 and he thought that should be no problem and that I probably haven’t lost much of my fitness during these months of injury. I find it a little hard to believe, but that he believes makes me a little more positive about the whole thing.
After two more weeks with one long run he thought I would be able to also add one tempo or interval run every week.
Today I put on my lightweight Adidas Adios for the first time in a few weeks. I have been running in my Adidas adistar Ride with more cushion for a while just to tend to my achilles. What a difference! Today it felt like I had no weight at all on the feet – and like I flew forward. I usually run in lightweight shoes during summertime and never swap between runs, so this was my first wow-experience when it comes to lightweight shoes 🙂
Thu 4 August – Easy run in Alingsås
1:00 – 12.25 km – 4:54 min/km – 153 in avg hr
Sat 6 August – long run in Alingsås
1:30 – 17.82 km – 5:03 min/km – 152 in avg hr
Mon 8 August – Easy run in Alingsås
1:00 – 12.11 km – 4:57 min/km – 149 in avg hr
When the pain wouldn’t go away in my foot I was very afraid that I had to be away from the running for a long time. Well, at least longer than I would want since I feel that I have worked so hard these two years I’ve been running to get where I currently am.
Yesterday I went to an orthopedic who was specialized in podiatry. We talked a lot about running – he was also a big fan of the sport and had been running 35 km per week for the last 20 years or so. After examining my foot he told me that there were no heat and neither a big swelling. He did find a small swelling within the heel, approximately 3 cm from the lower joint of the achilles tendon. So the way he described it it wasn’t on the tendon itself.
He also said that the healing process already was on and that I only needed to half my running for two weeks, preferably every other day rather than half the mileage every day. Then I could go back to my ordinary mileage.
Apparently it wouldn’t hurt to do my speed runs as long as I don’t feel it getting worse, according to him. Anyway, I don’t plan to do speedwork – just 1 hour easy runs and maybe a long run in the weekend.
So yesterday I could go out on my 1 hour easy run with a big smile on my face, happily knowing I didn’t do anything to harm myself. 🙂
One funny thing was that he commented my feet – that they were suitable for running, it was strangely awkward, but nice to hear. He said something like “These are good feet and joints – they are very good feet! Stable and strong” and at the same time he pushed and bent them in all directions. I couldn’t help but laughing a little 😀
But he did say that I needed to stretch my calves and achilles tendons. They didn’t stretch so far and could be, he say they didn’t have to, but could be holding me back a little since they are fully stretch when my feet touch the ground hence not able to work fully during push off.. Or something.. I can’t say I understood everything he said.
Today have been a resting day and honestly I already feel better. I have been resting a little more than usual for two weeks now. But that doesn’t mean I’ll be willing to jeopardize the recovery by not following the advice..
In other words, yesterday was a very good day for me 😉