Cross training prevailed over running this week as the Achilles pain came back. Granted the pain is still mild but I am being extra cautious as I have already signed up for a couple of big races this spring. In April, I will run a local 10 mile race. In May, I will run a half marathon at the Cleveland Marathon and in June, my “A” race with be the Marathon For Shoes Marathon in Marion, Iowa. I chose Iowa because it’s a small race and also near my friend who moved back there a few years ago. James and I plan to visit in addition to running.
I have an appointment with another doctor on February 7th to get a second opinion on my Achilles pain. I am hoping that since it appears to be inflammation that won’t go away that some Graston techniques do the trick. Anyone else have any positive Graston technique stories? I plan to continue utilizing a lot of cross training during these training cycles, focusing less on high mileage and more on quality workouts.
Here’s how the week played out:
Monday: 2.1 miles running and then 9.3 miles on the stationary bike for a total of an hour of cardio.
Tuesday: 14.5 miles on the stationary bike, another hour of cardio.
Wednesday: 7 miles on the stationary bike with lower body strength training then an easy 3 mile run with James outdoors. I am feeling great aerobically on all of my little runs but struggling with some pain afterward.
Thursday: 14.1 miles on the stationary bike, 1 hour total.
Friday: 3.1 miles easy run on the treadmill, minimal pain.
Saturday: 9.5 miles on the stationary bike and upper body strength training.
Sunday: 5.35 miles in 50 minutes on the treadmill. It was pain free during the run and minimal afterward, which was encouraging. I ran the last 10 minutes at 8:41 pace.
Total: 54.4 miles biking and 13.5 miles running