Towards the end of my marathon training last year I was getting a dull pain in my right Achilles and heel at the end of each run. As I rested over winter it calmed down, but now I’ve picked my training up it’s back again.
Last week I did very little running (but did some spin classes, weights and yoga so I wasn’t totally lazy) and on Friday I went to see a sports therapist.
She was absolutely fab. I’m not in danger of having my legs fall off, but I do have tight calves and short thigh muscles, mainly due to sitting down all day at work. I had a great massage which wasn’t as ouchy as other sports massages I’ve had, and left my calves feeling loose as jelly.
The therapist also gave me some exercises to do to strengthen my ankles which I’ll do my best to stick to. We had that usual awkward moment which most runners have experienced….
Therapist: “are you stretching?”
I’ve also got a heel bump called Haglund’s Deformity (sexy!) but as long as it doesn’t hurt too much I just need to make sure my shoes don’t rub.
So, this week I’ve been remotivated and done 2 runs, Saturday I’m going to aim for a longer run. My Great North Run race pack arrived this week so if I needed any further motivation, there it is!
Enjoy your running this week 🙂