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.