Wanna know how many miles I've run in 2014 so far? Zero. Yep. I promise this won't be a whiny post, so you can keep reading! Last Saturday I ran 9 miles and my knees/legs were super sore, but they felt better about a day and a half after. I went to the gym on NYE and ran a slow 2 mile recovery run on the treadmill...and that night I started feeling *something* in my heel/achilles area again.
For those of you that don't dare to follow my every movement and remember every detail in my life, I was injured this past August/September with heel bursitis. It was right where the insertion into the achilles is at the back of the heel and although I was able to walk around, I could NOT put my shoe on without burning pain when the shoe pushed on my heel. I ended up doing crazy things like running and biking in flip-flops (not advised!)
and eventually in desperation, cutting the back of my shoe out so I could run. This did work, actually, but I was already on the mend and only ran this way once before getting new shoes and healing up. What really helped was going back to regular drop shoes instead of my minimalist shoes.
So when I started feeling the strange *burny* uncomfortable feeling in my heel the other day, I was upset. I would like to think that I can learn from my journey though, and so I put on my big girl panties, pulled out my ugly clogs, and stopped running for the week. This is a big deal for me. I haven't missed a training run at all since I started back up in September...and maybe that's part of the problem. I decided to listen to my body and rest. I haven't put on my running shoe since Tuesday and I've been wearing my clogs. They have a big heel that takes pressure off my achilles and allows that swelling to go down. They are uuuuuugly, but do the job!
Now classic Karen would be totally freaking out right now. SEVEN WEEKS from tomorrow I will be running 13.1 miles and I have only run 2 miles this week. I'm not sure why, maybe completing my 9 miles on Saturday, but I'm not freaking out. I'm calm, I'm confident that I WILL complete this race and I know that I just need to listen to my body and it needs to take a moment. I am not in any pain and I believe that come Monday I'll be able to run. I think I caught it early enough. In the meantime, I'm having fun doing the Team RunDisney Photo-a-day challenge!
How was your first week of the year?!? Have you ever just felt like... my body needs a moment, time for a mandatory rest!