Thursday, March 02, 2006

In need of WD-40

No, not for a rusty bike chain, but for my creaky Achilles. Yesterday's 10-mile endeavor is proving to be an unwise decision on my part, as my Achilles was rather swollen this morning and has taken on that annoying elastic-like sound known as crepitus. It still hurts like a bitch walking up and down stairs too, so it looks as if I'll be forced to take a few steps back in my ongoing battle with this bastard tendon before I'm able to proceed forward again. It's my own dumb fault, really - I gotta learn to be more patient. You'd think it'd be easy having gone through a similar six-week ordeal just last year, but once again, my pigheaded "it doesn't feel too bad so I'll try running" mentality has seemingly got the best of me yet again. One of these days I'll learn, hopefully.

In lieu of my recent self-imposed misfortunes, I purchased a month-long pool membership to the YWCA today, as it looks like land running will be an infrequent luxury for the next couple weeks. With any luck, this will prove to be a spur-of-the-moment bad investment and a $36 hit in the wallet wouldn't be such a bad thing. Believe me, I don't wanna be in the pool any more than I have to be, but just in case, at least I can try to maintain some semblance of my hard-earned fitness until I'm able to pound the pavement again with some pain-free regularity. Stay tuned here for details.

With that being said, I "ran" for 51 minutes in the water this afternoon before I got booted so the wrinkly old ladies could commence with their waterobics. Honestly, I didn't mind the early heave-ho because I was about ready to unstrap the belt and sink to the bottom at that point anyways. In the midst of my water treading, I did 10 x 1 min "hard" to get the heart-rate up a bit. This afternoon I re-read Scott's chapter on cross training in Kemibe's Run Strong and have formulated a few ideas for some potential aquatic interval sessions over the next couple days. No offense Scott, but I can't say that I'm looking forward to it.

And that's gonna have to do it for today, as it's now 11:37 and I'm set to head home from work so I can get some rest. I've got an early chiro appointment tomorrow morning with Dr. Sjogren, so hopefully he can help speed the healing process along some. Here's to hoping, at least. Happy Friday.

Quote of the day:

We should get together for a 10-minute run while I'm home for break. Or maybe a walk.
- Adam Ten, fellow WHTC gimp

7 comments:

Jennifer said...

So what about the Cinderella Man review? I saw it myself and was interested to see what you thought...

adam said...

lets end it together mario

Brad said...

Have you ever tried DMSO or Arnica cream. They aren't a cure, but they can be very helpful in the recovery process. You could also try taking MSM powder. I find it makes your tendons a little more pliable.

Chad Austin said...
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Chad Austin said...

Mario, I couldn't get the link to work. Have you ever tried http://www.thesock.com/? It works because it keeps your achilles stretched out while you sleep.

kemibe said...

You may already know the heel-insert trick -- stick something roughly 1/4" thick and rigid under your sockliner to take some of the strain off the tendon, as it can no longer extend through its full range under such conditions. I have used a plastic letter opener for this and pain (and crepitus) that had lingered for a week was gone in two days.

Also, stay on the flats and don't run fast.

Of course, if you'll be rehabbing in H20 100% this isn't of immediate concern, but is something to consider when you come back ashore and for future purposes.