>> Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Everything was going GREAT up to the New Prague Half Marathon just over a month ago. My heel was a little achy post-race for a few days, and I consider that normal. But it was still achy a few days after that.
I wore my "night splint" a few days before the race, and I kept wearing in post-race. And I've been wearing it ever since (at night while I sleep). Supposedly, this helps hold everything at the right angle so it can heel up quick and correctly:
With socks as padding as I lay in bed.
The next weekend was Hillfest, so that was just a quick hilly ride.
And then the next weekend was the Trinona Triathlon. I ROYALLY bonked on the run, and if anything, that helped keep my injury-free during that run - I was hoping to muster a 38:00 10K, but because of the heat and my lack of multisport training I had my slowest Oly run ever. EVER. But my heel felt nearly 100% post-race. It only gave a small "twitch" that night as I was unloading my car.
But I've been wearing my "night splint" the whole time, and that always seems to help. When I wake up in the morning, it feels 100%, even if it was a little "off" the night before.
SO HERE'S MY PLAN: After the Trinona Tri, I told myself no running for at least 2 weeks. I did SQUAT for a few days after Trinona, and then Pharmie and I went on a long ride together on Thursday:
Pharmie (and her guns) workin' it up a tough little hill.
Cooling down along Summit Ave.
Then this past weekend, I did NOTHING. We spent 3 days camping in Wisconsin with my wife's family. Here are 6 quick photos:
Henry's first time in a tent.
Lunchtime with the gang.
In the pool at the campground.
After another birthday cupcake!
Swollen neck, jaw, and lip from a nasty bug bite. Yikes. Between that one and the bite
that made my ENTIRE forearm red, my medically-minded wife had me go to Urgent Care.
The Doc said it was "impressive," and some drugs cleared it right up.
So here's my game plan moving forward. TELL ME IF YOU THINK THIS ALL SOUNDS OK:
1. Try an easy run this weekend. OR MAYBE put it off a few more days until sometime mid-week next week. That'd be 2 weeks MINIMUM of no running.
2. Keep doing my PT leg exercises. I haven't been great about that lately.
3. Race the Olympic Distance race at the Life Time Fitness Minneapolis Triathlon on July 14. Just like at Trinona, I won't be in tip-stop shape, but I'll be able to have a good time at the race.
4. Race 2 MDRA "Grand Prix" races over the course of 3 days: the "Rice Street Mile" (road mile) on July 26, and then the "Run for Blood 5K" on July 28. They are short enough that I don't need to be putting in a ton of miles over the next few weeks.
I want to keep up the MDRA "Grand Prix" races because even though I skipped Grandma's Marathon this past weekend, I'm still in the lead by about 600 points:
Is 2 weeks of not running enough to help heel things up a bit? Then is 2+ weeks back at it enough time before racing an Oly Tri? And I THINK I'm OK racing a mile and then a 5K 3 days apart because my heel tends to get angry after LONG and not FAST races, so that's OK... right? (That's the one I'm most concerned about.) Has anyone out there worn a night splint before? Any thoughts for me?