I made the decision yesterday that I would try to run. I felt well and my achilles felt fine, but I didn’t know what would happen as I got out on the road. The day before I had to cut my run 3 miles short, not because of pain, but just a nagging tinge in my achilles.
Yesterday as I began to run, I decided that if I couldn’t make my run because of pain, I would just stop the rest of the week and give my injury time to heal. Of course as I ran I was super conscious of any discomfort from my achilles. A few times I wondered if I felt something, but then decided it was just “normal” pain. What I mean by normal pain is that I always have some type of pain while I run. Either my hip or my thigh or, yes my achilles. I used to think that the achilles pain was heel pain, but now I know differently. Also normal pain goes away and real pain does not. So while I ran, if I thought I was having any type of pain, I would relax and make sure I wasn’t running too fast and eventually I felt fine again.
So to finish this story… I finished my 5 mile run. It wasn’t a PR by any stretch of the imagination. I ended up running a 9:00 pace, which is just about where I wanted to be. Slow enough to not get hurt, but just fast enough to feel like I ran.
I got to the last tenth of a mile and I had a tinge of pain in, yes, my achilles. It was more than just phantom pain, it was real, but it went away and I slowed way down and finished the run. I got home and elevated my legs and played with the dog. No I didn’t use ice. Sadly I forgot, but I will today just to make sure all is well.
My goal the rest of the week is to keep at the 5 mile mark until I run several days with no issues. Sadly our 5K is coming up next weekend and I really wanted a PR. This may impact that, but it might help by giving me some much needed rest.
All in all, yesterday went well and I can run again today.
I just need to take it one day at a time.