Listen To Your Body

Today is Saturday, which can only mean one thing – time for another parkrun.

I had been looking forward to today’s run all week. After a week of training that included hills, an easy run and an attempt at fartleks, I was keen to see how I would get on. In my mind, I was geared up to go for another PB; but unfortunately my body had other ideas.

My Achilles has been irritating me for a few weeks. Nothing major. Just a bit of a twinge. But after Thursday’s fartlek session, I’ve been starting to feel it a lot more, even when just walking.

To be fair, I do quite a bit of walking. My daily foot commute is 2.5K each way and has become a bit hillier since I moved house. Normally, I find that the walk does me a lot of good and loosens up my muscles and joints both in the morning and after a long day of sitting at a desk. But on Friday, it was starting to become uncomfortable, especially on the walk home.

So, rather than ignoring it and allowing it to get worse (as I have been doing for the last few weeks), it pains me to say that I have decided to have a bit of a break from my training schedule. I’m hoping that a week off will be enough, but there’s no point in aggravating what is, at the moment, just a minor injury.

Rule number 1, listen to your body. That’s what I tell other people, so I guess I should take my own advice.

If you have any tips or advice on how to deal with a minor Achilles injury, it would be very much appreciated. As always, please share your thoughts in the comments.

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9 responses to “Listen To Your Body”

  1. artisticsharon says :

    you’re smart to listen to your body and take a little break. a week should not have a big impact on your running. I hope your achilles gets better soon 🙂

    • theblogrunner says :

      Thanks Sharon. I’m hoping it’s no more than a week, but I know I’ve made it worse than it would have been if I’d taken a break a few weeks ago. Oh well, we live and learn, right?

  2. shazruns says :

    Annoyingly rest is the best thing, wait till twinge has gone

  3. couchtorunning says :

    Rest and do some exercises to strengthen. If it persists I suggest seeing a physiotherapist and look into getting orthotics.
    I use to have that issue here and there but since I got my orthotics I haven’t had an issue. Here are some exercises you can do

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