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Update on my ultra aspirations…

Posted by bunchgrasser on January 3, 2010

The past couple of months haven’t gone according to plan. I expected my Achilles/calf muscle problem to go away with rest and some light daily stretching – but such is not the case. I’ve started running again in moderation, but I’m still having the same problem with soreness in those areas.

I did see an orthopedist recently and had an Xray, but unfortunately it showed nothing out of the ordinary with my foot & lower leg bone structure. The doctor suggested that my calf muscle pain could be compartment syndrom but since my Achilles is also sore I’m unconvinced. Since I’m not really interested in any kind of “exploratory” surgical remedy – I’ve chosen to keep with the status quo (stretching) while adding some miles to my base to see if it gets better or worse.

Given my lack of training, I’m doubtful of being ready to run a 50k by Feb 20 (bummer), but I’m going to try and ramp my miles up some anyway.

One Response to “Update on my ultra aspirations…”

  1. Eric said

    I see a PR for Sprint Triathlon… that seems like a great event to shoot for trying to ‘spread the stress’ while still building fitness. Training for a ~3miler, while also training to swim and bike, seems a bit easier on the Achilles than 10 times that amount of exclusive running.
    Mindset is sure part of the equation, but at a certain point, we take what we get when it comes to ultra-type athletic endeavor. If the Achilles says no to long runs, maybe it will say yes to resting while swimming, going easy while biking, and only training for a 5K or so.
    Eric R.

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