I bailed on Coach Blankenship and our traditional Sunday run this morning to run "The Race for the Cure" in downtown Spokane. A few days ago I wasn’t sure I was going to be able to run today…
After Tuesday’s run my Achillies tendon was a little sore and I knew I probably needed new shoes.
On Wednesday it was still sore but I could still run on it. After work on Wednesday I went down to Runner’s Soul and picked up some new shoes.
Thursday I headed out with the new shoes but my tendon actually felt worse than the previous new day. I probably needed new orthodics, I have an over-the-counter orthodic that I haven’t changed in a long time. I ran twice on Thursday. My second run was with the Irish that evening. For the first mile I had to go really slowly because I could feel the tendon start to tighten up. After the mile I warmed up and the leg felt better. A note on my new shoes: my last two pairs of Addictions have felt really really hard. It sounds like I am beating the crap out of the pavement and feels like I am running on bricks.
On Friday I went out for my run from work at lunch with my tendon already sore even though I had taken Aleve before my run. I made sure I started out very slowly but about ¾ of a mile into the run I felt a slight “pop”. I knew I had better not go further so I stopped and walked back to work. I was pissed!!!!!! My running is going very well and don’t want to take time off. When I got back to the office I called the doctor and was able to get in that afternoon. He didn’t think anything was torn then prescribed some anti-inflammatories and therapy.
I really wanted to keep running so on Saturday I decided to go out for a short run making sure I was hopped up on Aleve. I started out very slowly making sure not to push at all. My plan was to run a mile then if it hurt I would turn back. After the mile I didn’t have any pain so I ended up running a little over four pain-free. I picked up some new orthodics Saturday afternoon.
….So this morning’s run downtown I was a little anxious about my heel but had a plan. I was going to go very easy not racing at all. I wasn’t going to push on it. I made my way toward the middle of the huge crowd at the start. I waited for the start listening to my Ipod. I heard a big cheer which signified the start of the race. Our pack started to walk slowly toward the starting line. I guess I chose start with the people walking instead of running. Our large group made its way up Spokane Fall Blvd where after a few blocks I was able to run. I started slowly then found myself picking it up just to get around people. My leg felt really good so I just cruised along passing people. I looked down at my watch and found I was actually running pretty quickly. I made sure I didn’t push it. I finished the 5K in 28:00 with out really pushing it at all. My heart rate only got to 175 during the whole run and averaged in the 160’s