The only way to get rid of the bump is surgery, but I don't need that. Because the Achilles tendon attaches at the base of the heel, he said that most of the pain is probably coming from a tight Achilles due to running. I am under orders to stretch my Achilles everyday, and wear shoes with a slight heel (no higher than 2 inches) to alleviate pressure on the tendon.
Now back to the regularly schedule programming: my runs!
Wednesday: 8 miles
This run felt awesome! It was really humid out and I was sweating like crazy, so I spent the first 2 miles telling myself I would turn around early and only do 4 miles. Then I decided to do 5. Then I turned around and felt the amazing breeze that had been undetectable behind me the whole time. What a game-changer! I took a Gu (chocolate raspberry might be my new favorite), and it amazed me that I'm doing runs long enough to require Gu in the middle of the week. 8 miles was a really long run for me just a few months ago!
Thursday: 2 miles
This was supposed to be 4 miles, but my legs felt like they weighed 200 lbs. The 6,000% humidity didn't help. OK, maybe it wasn't 6,000%, but when the air is hazy, that's never good. At least I got to take my new shoes out for a spin.
|Yes, I did buy the exact same pair of shoes again. Adam told me he liked the new color. I informed him that they were the same color. Dirt is a powerful thing. Also, look how worn-out the ankles are on the inside! I really do over-pronate.|
Sunday: 12 miles
I was at Notre Dame on Saturday at the home opener, so I moved my run to Sunday. Adam and I were at the lake for one last weekend, so I did my run there. The first two miles weren't great. I felt slow and sluggish, and I really wanted to turn around, but I hit my stride in the third mile. My pace was slow (around 11:45 the whole time), but I felt pretty good. Both of my Achilles started to hurt around mile 9, and the last 2 miles in particular were tough. I capped my run off with my obligatory jump off the end of the dock for old times' sake. I played lots of volleyball with my family, too, so we'll call that cross-training. What a productive day!