Last Sunday, I had a 14-15 mile long run that included 60 minutes at marathon effort plus The Rock Circuit. I took off into the wind at marathon effort determined to stick to my new rules about not stopping during the quality in my workouts (R-WYCH = run what you can hold). I started out at 6:33 pace for the first 20 minutes or so with my HR in my marathon zone. I picked it up for the next 30 minutes to 6:25 pace and then even more to 6:22 pace for the last 10 minutes. I loved this workout! I was so happy to finish strong at a pace that was close to my goal marathon pace AND without stopping. The interesting thing too was that my HR only appeared to go up, on average, one BPM with each increase in effort. It amazes me sometimes how little difference I see in my HR for the various efforts I run.
I started my recovery jog and noticed a familiar little pinch in my achilles. I hadn't felt that in a while and it made me nervous. I thought that it might go away as I continued to jog and get ready for The Rock. Then, it started to absolutely dump buckets of rain on me. I was 2 miles from home and thought, "What the hell? Let's just get this damn thing over with." So, I did The Rock in the pouring rain, knocking out my crunches and supermans while laying in the mud, flopping around. It was kind of fun in a Private Benjamin sort of way. Unfortunately, my achilles did not feel better after The Rock. It was sore on my 2-mile soggy jog home as I finished off my 16 miles.
Looking at what I've been doing, this was not unexpected. I got to that point in the injury cycle where I truly believed I was home free. I had stopped doing all of my regular maintenance like icing my calf after each run, stretching, rolling out the calf, massage. I wasn't doing any of it. How soon we forget.
Monday morning, I ran with my girlies and my achilles was still sore. I was definitely disappointed, but I had a feeling that it was temporary. I chose to believe it was just my body's way of reminding me that my calf/achilles is still slightly undercooked. I resorted to this full-on treatment regimen:
- icing my calf after running
- doing my 60 minute yoga for athletes video 3 x per week
- rolling my legs with the TP Massage system every day
- massaging the achilles
- massaging the calf
This morning, I met some girlies who also had workouts that would be best done around a track. That's right, I said TRACK! I haven't done a track workout in an incredibly long time and was a little excited about it. After a 5-mile warm up, I headed to the track to start my workout. It was 5 x (1 mile repeats @ 10k effort with 1 minute rest, then 400m @ 5k effort with 3-5 minutes rest). Here's how I did (pace for 1600m, pace for 400m):
- 5:59, 5:38
- 5:55, 5:32
- 5:59, 5:37
- 6:00, 5:41
- 6:04, 5:39
So, I will refrain from making predictions about how over this injury I am. I promise to be good and take care of the regular maintenance it requires so I can continue ramping up my mileage and intensity.
I'm still working on a clever way to reveal my newest gadget. I love the speculation from my blogging peeps: Alter G, altitude tent. What could it be? I promise I'll reveal it soon.