Well, I knew I was having Achilles issues before running the Philly Distance Run, so I took 3 days off before the race. However, I gave the race a decent effort so it should come as no surprise that I am a little beat up the week following the PDR. Under normal circumstances it usually takes me about a week to bounce back after racing a half marathon. Going into a half marathon with some injury issues apparently makes it a little worse (who would've thought?).
Luckily, since I am completely in the middle of a training cycle, it's actually an optimum time for me to take 5-7 days off to nurse what could otherwise grow into a bigger issue. So here's my plan: No running until Monday (best case) or Wednesday of next week. Continue cross training between now and then, along with a barrage of stretching, ibuprofen & ice on the offending leg. Taking the time off now will actually allow me to build the mileage back up so I can still fit in 2 more 20 mile runs before the marathon. One of the bigger bummers of this ordeal is I think I have narrowed down the track workouts as one of the possible culprits with my Achilles. After extolling my love for the track in a bygone blog post, I come to find out the track does not love me back. Oh well, time to swap out the track workouts for a weekly medium-long run once I'm back to normal. The track sucks by the way, I hate the track...
In the meantime, good luck to anyone running an early October marathon - we are less than 3 weeks away from some of the local favorites (Hmm, Steamtown, Mohawk Hudson, Baltimore immediately come to mind). This means right around now is when you'll start to see crazy, psycho, taper induced blog posting from some of the crazy locals, followed closely by a bunch of endorphin filled race reports. Good stuff man, thank god, something to take my mind off of the slumping economy and the ugliness of campaign season. Good luck everyone!
Labels: Running Injuries