It was good while it lasted

I managed to run pain free for about eight months. But I’m afraid I’ve broken my streak.

It was probably not a great idea to go out and do a track workout four days after doubling in a track race, especially when I already had a slight issue after Coogan’s (right Achilles) going into that race. Yeah. So the track race was a dumb idea. That brought hamstring pain afterwards, probably because my stride was off because of the pain in my Achilles. So now I have a messed up left hamstring and right Achilles. When I get up in the morning I also have pain under my right heel bone.

I took Thursday and Friday off. Yesterday and today I jogged 7 miles each day at around 9:30-9:45 pace. (I’m typically running 8:05-8:30 on my easy days, so that is ssslllllooowwww.) The hamstring is merely stiff on the runs, except when I go up or down hill, at which point it yelps. If I try to extend my leg, as would be required for faster running, or, say, walking up stairs or lifting my leg in the shower to shave, it hurts like a mother. The Achilles hurts with every single step.

I’m icing 3-4 times a day, slathering on Voltaren and hoping for the best.

Fucking injuries.

4 Responses

  1. My good running friend and I always say this, “Damn running!” We’ve gotta do it but it’s NOT easy on the bod. Ice bucket!!

  2. Bugger. At least you know the cause. One good thing though, your 2 mile time would have been even better if you weren’t carrying the injury.

    Yes, I think sticking with slow (possibly long) jogging is the way to run through this one. Flat surfaces too.

  3. Ugh. Wishing you a speedy recovery. And belated thanks for that Scarsdale 15K race report you wrote a few years back, which I read in preparation for this year’s race a week from Sunday. If you’re feeling up to it, you should run it again. Hell, even 9:30 miles while injured would put you pretty high among the finishers!

    • Thanks, Dave. 15K seems like a marathon at this point. You might try the 4 miler — that’s a fun race too. I think I’ve learned my lesson about racing while injured. I’m hoping to get healed up in time for the Scotland 10K next month. Enjoy Scarsdale!

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