>Running 101>Coming Back From Achilles Tear/Strain
I sustained a partial tear in my left Achilles in mid-February. (Probably from golfing, although I don't doubt there was some stress in it from running.) Anyway, I've been slowly inching back into running after getting the doctor's approval back on April 5th. So far, my outings have all been of the run-walk persuasion, with the workouts having evolved from their initial [1min/4min walk] to the current [4min run/2min walk]. I've had no pain or sharp twinges in the tendon, during the runs or in everyday activity -- which is a nice change from the OMG-I-can't-walk-without-limping state I "enjoyed" back in March.
Stuff that helped (in no particular order):
Hopefully, some of that will help a fellow runner.
And now for my needs:
Picking a race: The doc didn't seem to think I'd be back to normal in time to go through a training cycle for a marathon in early October, but he did think a December event would be more likely. I'm kind of trolling for marathons in the11/15-12/31 time range. I'd like a little topologic interest -- nothing pancake-flat, but I'm not quite ready for Grandfather Mountain-style racing. I'm in NC but don't mind traveling. I ran TCM last fall by myself (I'm not a social racer), so I don't need a crowded race or throngs of spectator support. (But I'll admit the screaming tunnel of humanity over the final ~600m was incredibly energizing!) I place a high priority on excellent race logistics. Thoughts?
"I want you to pray as if everything depends on it, but I want you to prepare yourself as if everything depends on you."
-- Dick LeBeau
Come run Tucson or Dallas White Rock with me. Logistics of both are not-bad. Neither race is my top 5 favs, but it is december and they are good.
Tucson has a lot of downhill, which my achilles appreciate more than lots of uphill (aka Grandfather).
Rocket City is another fun well organized race, but scenery-wise, it is pretty boring.
If you want to consider traily trails, maybe Huff 50k. Or Tecumseh.
Cough. Monkey. Cough.