It's now been 10 days since my last real run and I'm still not sure what is going on. By "going on" I mean whether or how much I'm going to be able to run this fall. As you can probably imagine, it's just about killing me and I'm having a hell of a time thinking about just about anything other than my achilles.
I've been injured a few times before, but this time is a little different. When I got achilles tendinitis in 2004 (pre-blog) and when my knee/IT band side-lined me in late March 2008, I knew something was very wrong. I remember the injury being painful pretty much all the time - running (of course), walking, stairs, strength training, tender to the touch, etc. This time though, I actually feel fine nearly all the time. Other than that first attempt at running the morning after my 27 miles, I haven't had any "pain" at all. Sometimes my achilles feels a little tight, but really nothing more than I would expect for a distance runner.
So, that lack of symptoms emboldens me - I start thinking that it's healing up quickly; I can run; I will be fine for my scheduled races. Then, I try to run. Like I did Monday night. When 10 minutes into an easy, flat run, my achilles tightened up and I walked home. No pain, but it wasn't right.
Yesterday I went to have some A.R.T. Dr. Ben came highly recommended by my LA endurance sports sources. He examined me and did some ART treatment. His conclusion: there's a little inflammation, but it's nothing too bad; I might be able to get back at it soon. Pretty much what I suspected, but it was good to hear it from a pro.
Now what? I give it a few more days and keep my fingers crossed. I'm not going to run again until at least after my next appointment with Dr. Ben on Saturday. Then, I'll take it from there.
Don't count me out just yet, but it's definitely not looking good.
to be continued...
Indoor bike - November 1
Swim - November 2
Distance: 3,280 yards (3,000 meters)
Indoor bike - November 3
Time: 45 minutes