Fresh Air and Exercise

It has been almost two whole weeks since I last ran, but it feels like a lifetime!

I know I have to be careful as I don’t want to aggravate my Achilles, but I’ve really missed exercising – not just running, but walking to and from work each day. I’ve been doing my daily foot commute for over a year now, and I love it. But when the Achilles got bad, I decided to start using the train to avoid putting too much strain on the injury.

On Monday, however, there were no trains. We’d had a bit of a windy weekend with gale force winds which, although gone by Monday morning, had knocked down trees on the railway lines and put the trains out of action for the morning rush hour.

Of course, I could have caught the bus, but I didn’t want to run the risk of being late for work. So, I headed out the door at 8:30 am and walked the 2.5K to work, keeping an eye out for falling trees and flying roof tiles. Luckily the wind wasn’t too strong and I arrived at work safely, on time and without any discomfort or pain. In fact, I felt amazing, happy and buzzing with energy.

As the week has gone on, I’ve walked to and from work every day and the Achilles is feeling better than it has done in a long time – even better than before I stopped running.

I know that I still need to be careful and mustn’t rush back into running as Achilles injuries start before you can feel anything, and they feel better before they are completely healed, but it’s a good sign.

I still won’t run for the rest of the week, but if I can handle the walking then maybe, just maybe, I’ll be able to ease back into the training again next week.

For now though, it just feels good to be getting some fresh air and exercise again.

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