Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Shutting it down...

Due to lingering pain in my achilles I have officially decided to pack it in until I am 100%. I will continue to swim and do extensive rehab work with the goal of getting on the bike again before I can run. I have no clue how long this is going to take but I would rather get this behind me. Obviously three miles four days a weeks is not going to get me fit.



  1. Hey man keep your head up. It can only get better from here.

  2. Here's to a speedy recovery. You'll be back soon and you'll be hungry.

  3. Mark - Get an aqua-jogger and hit the water. I really feel that is better than swimming. It keeps the running muscles working without the pounding. It will definitely help in the long run when you are transitioning back to the roads. Best of luck.

  4. Thanks for all the comments guys. I am just extremely frustrated at this perpetual cycle of injuries that I have faced since 2006. Two stress fractures in my right tibia, the stress fracture in my sacrum last year, nearly a month off last fall because of my IT band, and now six weeks deep with this achilles. I am seriously thinking about making a move to full time triathlon training.

  5. I'm 8 weeks into an Achilles problem (after letting it mildly linger for 2 months before that). I suddenly seemed to have improvement this week. Massage including up my calves, cross training, stretching, and eccentric loading seemed to be what worked for me.

    Injuries are a frustrating part of running. I think 12.5 months is the longest I've gone without an injury since 1998. I think I'm finally learning what I need to do to stay healthy and listen to my body but only time will tell. In general as we get older I recommend more recovery days between workouts, less stuff faster than 5k pace, and lots of core strengthening (not situps and pushups). Other than that, if you're losing the passion and drive to constantly deal with it just for running at this stage in your career, a switch to triathlons might be a good thing. You can always switch the focus back to running later if you get fired up again.

    Best of luck