Joining in on the Weekly Wrap with Wendy and Hoho and this week it’s all about my Achilles Heel. By definition (Wikipedia version) an Achilles Heel is a week spot in otherwise strong person or situation. Well, I have kind of been ignoring a subtle but lingering pain in my calf and achilles area all summer. Finally, this week I went in to have it evaluated and explore treatment.
Weekly Wrap My Achilles Heel
Good news is that my symptoms are exactly what I thought they were-an achilles strain. Apparently there a few types of these and mine is the less severe type and should respond well to “soft tissue treatments”. Long term, it is advised that I work on my running form (ugh!) to prevent it from coming back. I was also told it is perfectly fine and advised to continue running while undergoing treatment but not to over do it. Definitely something I wanted to hear! I will, however, be keeping my mileage down while trying to deal with it.
Here’s my quick weekly run down:
Monday- 60 minutes strength training and PT eval
Did the PT evaluation and began the “soft tissue” treatments with their massage therapist. Why they call this treatment “soft” I do not know! It really hurts quite a bit in that good kind of way.
Tuesday- 4 mile run
Toasty temps for sure! I added a few walk intervals in to stretch out my calf area and not over do it. Still feeling quite a bit of tightness only when I run.
Wednesday- 30 min walk + 90 strength training and kickboxing + 30 min soft tissue work
Today at PT they took out the “big guns” ie cupping, Graston and a few other torture devices. I will spare you the photo because it’s a little painful looking but it is on my Instagram if you want to check it out. The Cupping does hurt but feels so much better afterwards.
Thursday 4 mile run with a few walk breaks + CPR recertification class
The calf is starting to feel a little better while running but still needed a few walk breaks to shake it out.
Friday- 60 m Vinyasa yoga + Run Paddle Run event
Yoga was just what I needed today and felt so good on those aching calves of mine. The crew and I joined in on a fun “Run, Paddle, Run” event where we ran one mile to the dock area, boarded our SUP’s for 45 min, then returned back to the starting point. It was a great night to be out on the water and we had a blast paddling all around. Wish I could do this more often.
Saturday- 50 minutes pool running
Why did I wait so long to try out pool running? I just got a complete set from Fluid Running with all the props and instruction for a full pool running workout. I am going to try it a few more times and then give you all full review. Spoiler alert: I love it!
Sunday- Rest day
I’ve got a crazy busy week ahead with college move ins which will force me to give my achilles heel a little more rest. I hope to be back up and running next week. So that’s a wrap! Who else’s kids are headed back to school this week?