First the good news: I had a fantastic 8 mile run this morning!
I meet with my running group and we headed out for an easy 8 miler. It was very cold this morning, we needed hats and gloves and long pants! But the sun came out and it slowly warmed up to the 40′s.
We included a 2 mile trail, which was soo beautiful! I love this section, especially on a sunny day! Great run this morning with great company.
But here is the problem, I feel a little soreness in my left achilles tendon! It started a few weeks ago, even before the marathon. In the middle of my long runs I could feel it, no pain, just a little soreness, something I noticed, but didn’t really worry about.
During the marathon 2 weeks ago I start feeling it around mile 5 and I kept feeling it for the rest of the race, but it never got worse. At the end I hardly felt it, probably because many other body parts hurt!
Right after the marathon I took a full week off from running and had no issues at all. I never feel it during my normal activities. A week later I ran an easy 5 miler, after a mile or 2 I kind of felt it again. It still is no pain, but I can feel it during running and usually the rest of the day I ran. I keep icing it and then forget about it the next day, since it is not hurting.
Again I didn’t run for another week (until today). I started feeling it after a mile or 2. It really doesn’t bother me too much while running, but I know something is off. Afterwards it hurts more. I ice it and feel ok walking. The only time it hurts is, when I walk down stairs.
I’m assuming it is a mild case of achilles tendonitis. It’s very mild, but I’m still planning on getting it checked out early next week, just to make sure it doesn’t get worse. Maybe there are some stretches or ART or anything to make it heal quickly. Better safe than sorry!
Have you ever had achilles tendonitis?
Any treatment recommendations?