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#1 of 11 Old 04-22-2009, 03:01 PM - Thead Starter
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OK, I'm starting to feel, not quite pain, but something, I guess you could call it an "ache" above the heels on both of my feet. It's a bit bothersome. I could run through it, but I do NOT want to get full blown AT.

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A few years back, during one of the VRAA's I ran every day like a maniac and ended up with achilles tendonitis. I tried resting for a week, 2 weeks, everything....nothing worked until I took a full Six Weeks off, to get completely recovered.

Now, I don't hurt like I did then. But I think I'm feeling the begininnings of it?

I've been resting since I felt this(since Sunday).
1. Should I continue to rest?
2. If so, for how long? (for instance it didn't bother me this morning, which is usually when I feel it the most)
3. Am I just being a wuss, and just power through!

There's a half marathon I'd really like to run in 4 weeks. I know I can do it if I keep running, but if I get injured I really don't want to sit through the second half of may and June. However If I have to rest too long now, I'll miss it.

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#2 of 11 Old 04-22-2009, 05:50 PM
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If you only have to make it thru 4 weeks, ice the spots regularly, nsaids, try to keep your calves and hammies stretched, and possibly try some lifts in both heels. Wear the lifts all the time - not just running. Afterwards - take care of it.

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Dont push it. Trust me.... do.not.push.it.
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Can you get a PT eval? I had a torn soleus that I made the mistake to do full rest for, for pure ignorance. Built humongous scar tissue, got worse, finally got a hold of my PT, bit the bullet, paid for 1 session and he monitored me via e-mail cuz he rocks.
He said it was bad that I had stop and I should slowly resume weight bearing activity. Should have just slowed down to a walk.
Then he said:

"If you had something with your achilles, it would be a completely different story, I wouldn't tell you to do that"

IMHO, stay off of it until you see consistent significant improvement.
About the race, if you can't run it the way you want, performance wise, ditch it. NOT WORTH TO MAKE IT CHRONIC.
I know it hurts. I ditched my goal race this year (Umstead 100) and one of my favorite marathons (Umstead Trail Marathon). Was signed up for BOTH. Do I regret ditchin them: NO. I am healed.
Do I regret not seeing my PT earlier. BIG BIG TIME.

Do you have The Stick or something similar? Use it consistently on your calves. Leave the tendon alone. Careful with overstretching.
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Ice Baths.......
Ibprofen.....
My opinion is that if you think you injured, then rest. If due to over training I would cut back a little and due the little things and see how it goes.

Sit your whole butt down in that tub full of ice water. Ice the tendon, and all the related muscles.
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thanks guys. I'm not running yet. I'm resting.

Probably going to have to bag this race.

This sucks.
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Hang in there coachie... it sucks terribly, but keep in mind that when something like that happens, we have a chance to come back stronger. Make it happen. Are you doing any XT, core or strength training?
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yeah, I'm lifting and stuff twice a week.

The hardest part, I think, is the weather is finally turning, nicer, and I can't take advantage of it.
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Yes, that's a killer...

Any improvement so far?
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I second the PT idea.
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Haven't had any ache/pain for almost a week now.

I'm going to be extra cautious though. Not running until the 16th or 17th.

Then, I'm going to go a little more slowly in my "build" phase.
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