I ran my planned 4 miles yesterday and did pretty well. My heel (probably achilles) was a bit sore during the day so I kept ice on it and kept it elevated most of the day at work. Actually it didn’t hurt while I moved, just as I sat.
I had several people mention ice to me. One coworker mentioned taking ice baths in college after running (and the night before a race). A friend of mine also mentioned these compression and ice combos that look very intriguing (http://110playharder.com/shop/).
In light of these discussions, as I ran I got an idea (this happens a lot to me as I run). Why not try an ice bath for my foot? So I got home and found a bucket and filled it half way with ice. I filled it up with water, sat outside with the dog as I usually do, and put my foot into the bucket. COLD was my first thought. I know from past physical therapy on my wrist that when you apply ice to an area, it first stings, then hurts and finally goes numb. The point of numbness is what you want (but not too long of course). So after about 15 minutes I took my foot out and let it dry and warm up. The idea is that while it is cold, it is difficult for the body to get blood to that area, so when you take it out of the ice, blood rushes there. That causes your muscles and such to repair much quicker.
Well it was something to try. I don’t know if it did much for me. My heel is still sore today but not to walk on. I may take today off and give it more time to rest. The hard thing is that it doesn’t hurt when I run or walk, so I hate to just sit. But I do what I need to do. I Cor 9:24 says, “Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it.” Why run, live or do anything half way. I want to do everything to the best of my ability while being wise at the same time.
So that is my latest adventure. Tomorrow TJ, RS and I are going to run the 5K route we will run next week at the Spring Scramble. We like to run our race routes ahead of time so we know the ups and downs and how to plan for the race.
Should be fun.