Injuries kind of suck! Ok, actually, for a runner who enjoys his daily jaunts through the trails, they really suck!
I’ve run through a lot of nasty injuries to keep my daily running streak alive. In recent years the injury that keeps reminding me it’s there has been my right achilles tendon. This all seemed to start after I broke my left ankle, and lacked some mobility in it once it healed. It seems as though I tend to work a little harder with my right foot which causes a little more strain. Heightened as well by the fact that I have a Haglunds Deformity on my right foot too.
Training through a sore/tight achilles sometimes isn’t too bad as it will loosen up after the first couple of km’s and not be very noticeable. Running uphill will put a little more strain on it, but usually I can run through it. My first few steps in the morning when I wake up are usually a bit gingerly, but again, movement helps to loosen it up.
I’ve managed dealing with it pretty well, and it hasn’t really bothered me much until last November. I irritated it pretty bad then when training for the Yukon Arctic Ultra by dragging car tires in training, and increasing the weight of the tires a little too much, too soon (unknowingly). I was able to get in some good physio before YAU and recovered well, however upon increasing my mileage this spring, things got worse.
I’m a little disappointed and frustrated that I haven’t been able to train as hard as I’d like to right now and feeling a bit out of shape. I’ve cut back on my volume considerably, stayed on the flats (ie. boring rail trail), and increased the amount of rehab that I’ve been doing. All things considered, I finally feel like I can see the light at the end of the tunnel, and I’m back in a reasonable place to start increasing again. Good thing as we’re running the Wakely Dam Ultra at the end of the month. Not much time to train, but hopefully I can get in a few longer efforts before then to be better able to handle the distance.
Wakely Dam is a self supported 56k race on the Northville-Placid Trail in New York. There are no aid stations or water on the course so you have to take everything you need &/or treat water along the way. Sara and I ran this race in 2007 and enjoyed it so are really looking forward to returning.
I’m not feeling particularly confident about running well there, but just looking forward to getting back out on the course again and enjoying the day. And, most importantly, I’m looking forward to having my achilles in a better place to be able to enjoy some long days on the trails again.