It is unseasonably warm in NYC, and wouldn’t you know my Achilles is still acting up a bit. So despite pretty perfect running temperatures, I will not be seeing much of the bridle path this week.
I will miss you but it’s for the best
I don’t want to be dumb like I have during past injuries, where I usually try to “tough it out” or “see how it feels” and waste a month or two when I could have been recovering and returning to running normally. It also helps that Coach John is all about chilling things out for a while until the Achilles is “happy” again, and I’m usually pretty good at doing what he says. The NYC Half is only a few months away and I’d really, really like to toe the line healthy, happy and (maybe) PR-ready. So here is what I’m doing this week to help nip this thing in the bud (and to hold myself accountable):
- NO RUNNING. Obviously.
- Cross training – only if the activities are completely pain-free (per Coach John and Common Sense). Spinning, and the elliptical are fine and I’m sure swimming would be great too, but for some reason I’m having trouble motivating myself to get in the pool. Oh well. I’m also going to try to get to yoga a few times this week
- See Dr. Levine for ART and stim – Dr. L has never failed me before, and I know some loosening up and stimming the crap out of the inflamed area will help
- Continue with PT exercises and stretching a few times per day
- REMEMBER that one or even two weeks of no running now is better than one or two months of shitty or painful running, followed by more months of no running
This isn’t exactly how I envisioned starting the year running-wise, but if I take care of things now I probably won’t even remember these couple of weeks down the road. Well, here’s hoping, right?
from the Ted Corbitt 15K
If you’re curious about ART and Dr. Levine in particular (he is awesome and hilarious), he’ll be at Jack Rabbit Upper East Side on Wednesday (tomorrow) at 7:00 p.m. for an info session/demonstration. Check it out if you can!
Question: Ok, you feel an injury coming on. What do you do?