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.


One Day At A Time

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.

The Foot Commute

Keep Calm and Get BetterI just thought I’d check in this evening to see how everyone’s doing. It has been two weeks now since my last run and I’m really missing it, but still I’m not ready to run yet.

I went back to work on Thursday and, even though my boss allowed me to do a shorter day than usual, I was exhausted by the end of it. Perhaps I shouldn’t have walked to and from work, but I didn’t fancy getting the bus and being cooped up with other people’s germs – yes, I’m a bit paranoid after two weeks of being ill.

Still, tiring as last week was, I did enjoy my foot commute on Thursday and Friday. The fresh air felt like it was doing my chest some good and it was great to be exercising again, even if I wasn’t running.

Hopefully I’ll be back on track again towards the end of this week, but I know better than to push it. Of course, I could always replace my C25K training with some extra walks until then, just to get out. I guess I’ll see how it goes.

Have a great week!