Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Healing Powers

I thought I did something very stupid on Monday. Not only did I go out for a 5 mile run in the morning, I also played soccer for an hour in the evening. I wanted to know if my Achilles would be able to withstand the twist and turns of an indoor soccer game. The answer was: yes, but it hurt! To add to the pain, I got a nasty whack on my right ankle, and now have a gash on my leg to prove it, and on Tuesday I found it impossible to tell where one pain ended and the next one started. Then, in the evening, I suddenly felt much better. Not only did the ankle feel better, my Achilles was basically pain free as well. I can’t tell what brought on that improvement: time, the strengthening exercises I found on this website, or the magical healing powers of soccer.

To celebrate my new fit state, I went out for a speed session this morning (well, it was in the schedule anyway). The plan was 5x600 intervals with 90 seconds of recovery in-between. Since I don’t have access to a track, I had to improvise. My 5k-time is 21:22, so it should take me about 2:30 mins to cover 600 meters at that pace. I ran along a reasonable flat piece of road, along the Devil’s elbow, and did 2:30 minutes of hard running interlaced with 90 seconds of jogging. The temperatures have plummeted again and it was about –3C/26F in the morning, and I stupidly left my gloves behind. Despite this, the workout went well, and my Achilles stood up to it just fine. I could feel it, but it didn’t actually hurt. More importantly, it’s still not hurting 2 hours later, because in the last two or three weeks I could usually do a workout but would feel the pain later.

I’m now convinced that I’m on the mend, but will still take it easy for a week or so. I will do my key workouts, but have a full rest day after each one, which means I’ll only do 3 or 4 days of running per week, until I feel completely healed.

23 Jan: 5 easy miles, 45:23, 9:04 pace, and an hour of soccer for my sins
25 Jan: 6 miles, 51:03, with 5x600 intervals

13 comments:

  1. It must be the soccer, my coworkers would support this theory 100%!

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  2. Sounds great! Glad to hear the ankle is better. Isn't it so weird how injuries get better after working them out. I swear my back feels better after a run, and worse after I rest it all day!
    Keep it up!

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  3. Thomas,

    I have a question about running out in the wintertime. What do u do (or wear) when it is cold enough like -2 to have ice formed on the sidewalk but not enouogh snow to use yak traks? Do you use cleats??

    Great run by the way.

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  4. I luv soccer too, been coaching little league for three years now. I decided to quit this year cuz of no time but I still go to watch the games.

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  5. All I have to say about soccer (and any other sport other than running for recovering from running injuries) is: fuckin A. I don't know if it translates accross our huge cultural rift into the rich meaning it has in America, but...well...I'll say it again. Fuckin A, Thomas. ;)

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  6. go on Thomas - just go ahead and call it football. You know you want to ;)

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  7. It seems healing from injuries always takes two steps forward and one back, so take it easy!

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  8. by 'full rest day' you mean 'several hours of footie' right?

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  9. Yeah, normal people call it "football", and that's why it's healing:) Nice come back!

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  10. Ouch is all I can think of when you talk about playing soccer w/injuries...ouch! My daughter LOVES soccer!

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  11. Football is not a good friend of running. 5 years ago i took my ultimate decision after a kick on my knee: no more football! And 5 years before after a broken rib I said: no more rugby! And 15 years before........the same with boxing!

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  12. I hope the healing powers last all the way to the marathon.

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  13. Glad your on the mend!
    Hope you continue to stay sound and healthy :)

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