Yep – I’m limping into work again. Of course, that only means one thing: my effin’ Achilles is acting up again.
After two months on the shelf, I started running again about a month ago. I took a very reasonable and conservative approach to it. I started at one mile, and didn’t add distance until I completed that distance three times. I ran no more than three times a week, and often only twice. The speed was comfortable, but enough to break a healthy sweat.
I did an active warmup and cooldown – brisk walking of between a half mile and one mile – before and after every run. I stretched afterwards. I did my stretching and strengthening exercises at least twice a day, every day.
In short, this was the most conservative approach I’ve taken after a procedure/rehab.
Yet, three and a half miles into a four-miler (my third run at this distance), I noticed a bit of tightness. Not pain, but tightness – the kind that usually fades away over the course of a workout. But after getting off the treadmill, I knew something was wrong. I stretched a little afterwards, but was concerned enough to pass on the heel lifts for strengthening.
Woke up this morning to find no improvement. VERY painful to walk, and it’s persisted all morning.
Looks like it’s time for a couple of weeks of RICE, and alternate cardio exercises (biking, swimming). I might be wrong, but I think I know where this is going. Again.
Dammit. Here we go again….