Training update: hurting enough to stop running (and cross-train instead)Posted: 26 March 2011
As a follow up to my last two entries, I probably shouldn’t have done the back-to-back runs last weekend, even if they were done at a very easy pace. I could have rested up and done some cross-training instead. At least that’s what I did this week. Tuesday night was at the pool, Thursday was a test run, then on a gym bike, and today (Saturday) I effectively cycled my scheduled run mileage (32 km / 20 mi).
I hope to see my specialist soon, but self-diagnosis indicates my pain is due to an overworked Achilles tendon, possibly exacerbated by improper shoes. Even though I haven’t felt much pain during the runs of the last two weeks, that is never a green light to do anything excessive.
I feel I have to be proactive to avoid exacerbating the injury, but I fear I have lost valuable training time ahead of the Vancouver Marathon. There are five weeks left and I’ve already missed two long runs in row (of lengths 30 and 33 km / 18.6 and 20.5 mi). The schedule has one final run of 36 km (22.4 mi), to take place in two weeks. And I’ve read in Marathon and Half Marathon: The Beginner’s Guide (2006) that I should ease myself back to my scheduled training, but only when I’m effectively pain free in the affected area.
Is there enough time for recovery? With about a month left for training, should I focus instead on a future race? If I have to write off racing in May, I feel that it wouldn’t be so bad than if I were running out of town. I’d like to hear how you handled an injury during training, and if I should do anything else (besides what I’ve mentioned above) to put me at ease.