Thursday, March 19, 2009

Legs and Heels

I did a fairly intense leg workout at school today last period. I haven't trained my legs is a while...I am anticipating serious soreness tomorrow. Yippee!

I ran 2 miles Tuesday on the paved paths at the beach. My right leg with the sore Achilles felt completely dead...there was NO bounce, spring, anything in my step. It felt like I had a flat tire. So I'm taking a full week off from running and jumping and we'll see how it is next week. I'm keeping up the lifting, and I know I should get my ass on the bike trainer (I have zero excuses other than it's hard to work out in my house during the day because Andra doesn't nap, and after she goes to bed I just don't want to). I am trying to stretch my hamstrings and calves (gently) multiple times a day. I should go see our trainer at school (I actually saw her today but we spent a few minutes catching up and I totally forgot I wanted her advice). I know it's an old Achilles injury, but the thing that hurts is actually the sides of my heel bone (calcaneus). I had this problem in 8th grade (even though I never knew its name) and honestly this feels the same, like I have huge bruises on my heel. It hurts to put shoes on (though it's fine once they're on), I pretty much limp all the time while walking, and no way can I go up on tip toe on my right foot. So yeah, running isn't easy. And I want it to be easy, so I'm willing to wait to see if it will feel better.

My WebMD piece is in the works...I just had to email them some pictures and sign a release, and I know the editors are working on it.

6 comments:

N.D. said...

can't wait to see the webmd thing! I hope your stretching helps your leg to feel better and some rest!

Mama Simmons said...

You're sure it's not plantar fascitis? When I hear 'heel pain' that's the first thing I think of... Hope the week off running helps!

jsmarslender said...

I was thinking plantar fascitis too. Ask the trainer. And enjoy your week off running - hope it lets your heel heal (ha) and that you return feeling strong. Stretching is a good idea.

Claire rarely naps too. Just little itty bitty naps.

Angela and David Kidd said...

Hope the week off helps. That's impressive that you can remember an injury from eighth grade. I broke my foot in eighth grade but I don't think I could recognize the pain if it were to reoccur.

X-Country2 said...

Sounds like so rest is in order for your heel. Can't wait to read the WebMD piece!

Heather said...

Gotta love that soreness!