Saturday, 22 April 2017

Do as I say, not as I do

I've been hitting the high mileage of late. Upwards of 80mpw most weeks. This has, for the most part, been sloooooow. I'm a fan of the 80/20 approach to training: most of the mileage in L1 to build base, and 2 quality sessions a week to hit speed and hills. This has been working really well for me. Until, apparently, it didn't.

Saturday I did a LSR at Slaley Forest. Nothing extreme. Marathon distance on easy trails, well within L1. Felt fine for the most part, though my right achilles was a bit stiff. Classic runner, I got up the next day and did 12 reps of Causey Hill, which was 1km of vertical gain over 12 miles (sorry to mix units of measurement!). Achilles felt a bit stiffer. Still I ignored it. Monday morning I did my usual 16km. Niggle got worse. Tuesday morning, 10km. Guess what. Tuesday evening, a fell run along Hadrian's Wall with the Harriers. You can see where this is going. Every day I went out, every day it got worse, every day I buried my head in the sand. 

Now, if someone had come to me with the symptoms I had on Saturday and asked if they should do a 12 mile hill session with that amount of vert I'd have said no, do something easy and be prepared to stop. If someone had come to me and said they were having pain on their run on Monday I'd have said to take some time off, rest up, better to be 10% undertrained than 1% overtrained or injured. I definitely wouldn't have suggested continuing to run on it.

Of course, I didn't do that myself, and now my ankle has swollen up like a balloon. Splendid. Not at all inconvenient. A trip to the hospital and I've had a ruptured Achilles ruled out via the Simmons test, and a diagnosis of sprained ligaments likely caused by altering my gait to compensate for the strained Achilles (Tuesday's fell run seems the most likely suspect for that but it was probably a combination of runs). 7-10 days off, which could have been a lot worse. No Pendulum for me next weekend, which makes it harder (though not impossible) for me to fit in all the Championship counters I need. Importantly though, it does look like UT110K is still on.

Next time I should really just take a day or two off.

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