Oh, Achilles Stretch, Where Have You Been All My Running Life
Like most runners training for a big race, I’m terrified of getting injured.
The idea of having to back out of my first half marathon (the AllState Fort Lauderdale Half) haunts me with every new little ache.
The past couple of days I’ve been feeling some soreness in my right achilles which overnight spread into a little bit of soreness below my heel.
Yes, I am literally petrified that this is the beginning of plantar fasciitis, but I’m 99.9% sure it’s just achilles tendonitis.
I’ve started doing achilles stretches – found on the NYRR site – which temporarily relieve the soreness. Along with some Ibuprofen I’m feeling good.
I sent my running coach a text this morning about the soreness in my ankle/heel, holding back a freak out, and she replied with some calming words.
a.) Take two days off of running in a row (do light XT instead) and
b.) Don’t worry you might just be getting used to your new shoes.
Ah, right, I got new shoes! The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 13:
I switched from the Brooks Dyad 7’s which were never really a great fit for me despite my local running store recommending them.
I did my 7-miler over the weekend in the Adrenalines and they felt great! I love how the sole is much firmer than the Dyad.
Also, the Adrenaline is a top-notch stability shoe which I really need.
Hopefully my achilles will start feeling better and I’ll be running again in just a couple of days! I can’t wait to take the Adrenalines out again.
Are you more scared of getting an injury before the race or starting the race and DNF’ing?
What’s your favorite song to listen to during long runs?
This post was written on Monday night, so hopefully by the time you’re ready this on Wednesday (or later) I’m back to normal!