I was browsing the site and noticed that my last post was in October. At the time I was struggling with foot pain and my Achilles, but I had lofty goals. So now, nearly 7 months later, where do I stand?
Well, the foot pain is still there. It happens only when I squeeze my foot the wide way across, or if I kick a ball with that foot. It seems to vary in intensity, but never when I’m running, and as I type this I squeezed my foot hard and it barely hurt at all.
My Achilles has still been bothering me, but not nearly as much as before.
I have been working out with weights and doing some HIIT workouts. My legs feel strong as a result, and I have put a bit of muscle on my upper body as well (nothing really all that significant, but I do notice a change).
I have been running since late winter, and have gotten some good distance (I’ve gotten to a 10.5 mile run). My Achilles aches slightly until I warm up, and then feels fine through the run. It is always sore the night that I run, but by 24 hours it isn’t sore anymore. I have been stretching and foam rolling my calves and using a field hockey ball to roll my feet.
Lately I have been more consistently doing the eccentric heel drop exercises, and I have even started adding some weights while doing so. I also bought a night brace and have been using that the last few days. My Achilles seems to be improving, and I’m hopeful that I can beat this condition once and for all.
For what I’m guessing is a related reason, I have also been experiencing less foot pain. Perhaps my Achilles was putting some sort of pressure on my foot as well, not sure.
This last weekend I completed an indoor sprint triathlon (.5 mile swim, 13 mile spin bike, and 3.1 mile outdoor run). I did fine considering my lack of bike and swim training, and my Achilles wasn’t too bad the next day.
As to my goals, I am scheduled to do the Iron Horse half marathon in a couple of weeks. I have also registered for the Spartan Beast, which will be a real test of how well my Achilles is healing. I have a century on the horizon, and am planning on doing a marathon in the fall of my body holds together, and if I can get my swim together I may be doing a half iron man in late summer.
In between I may do a sprint and perhaps even an Olympic tri if the swim training goes ok, and budget and schedules allow.