I haven’t posted for a while as I’m out of action, running wise. The problem is my Achilles tendon, which progressed over a period of a few weeks from a mild twinge to a slightly less mild twinge with a bit of swelling. I know it’s my own fault as I should have rested it at the first sign of trouble, but I wanted to run and, when I can get away with it, I generally do what I want.
After a week of no running at all, I still have a twinge but the swelling has gone down. It’s a good sign and, much as I’d love to get back out for a run, I know better. I’ve even given up my 2.5K foot commute and joined the train gang in the morning and evening. Not my idea of fun!
While I don’t really mind getting the train, I’d rather not have to. The train station is literally round the corner from my house and the train journey itself is only four minutes, but I miss walking. Even in the rain and the wind, I love the feeling of waking myself up with a bit of fresh air and exercise on the way to work or winding down and clearing my head of all the day’s events on the way home. The train just isn’t the same.
Still, I have to think about the bigger picture. If I rest and do the right exercises to help the healing process, then my goal of running 5K in under 30 minutes by the end of the year is still achievable; if I give in and go for a run, I risk being out of action for even longer. It’s a no brainer really.
Just like back in the beginning of C25K, it’s just a case of being patient and taking it one day at a time.