The story of this week was about recovering and not doing proper damage to my calves and the achilles.
After the disastrous attempt at a long run being cut very short I knew I would need to rest. Well, to be honest rest was my only option because I could not run. I was quite panicked by the idea of getting an injury so close to the race and during the big peak of training.
I decided to book in with Ben, my physio chap who gives me a massage when I need it. Luckily, he was able to fit me in on Tuesday. On Monday, not being able to run I decided to do a few deadlifts – something I have done no where near enough of. This caused my hamstrings to ache nicely on Tuesday. Something that was shown up during my massage.
Got a bit of work on my calves and a general rub down on the quads and hamstrings, along with a bit on my hip too. This is an area I think needs more work but I need to save that for after the marathon as the day to day ache is not as bad as it has been when I’m running regularly and balancing the work load.
In the following days I did a couple of gentle jogs to ease back in and on the Saturday I did a deliberate slow run to be healthy for a long run on the Sunday. I used the KT tape on my calves for the long run but I don’t really know if it is the placebo affect of not. Managed to bank 20 miles so can’t complain.
Things I will take away from this week are:
I should do more strengthening work
- I need to research how to balance strengthening work with running
- Prevention is better than treatment