Starting to Ache

The heel/achilles ding is starting to become more than just a little sensation, could be ‘on the clock’ with how much track I have left in me.  I’ve felt it since just before the Eugene 1500m, but other than getting a different pair of spikes with a little more in the heel I didn’t change much of what I was doing for the first 2-3 weeks.  After the world meet it still didn’t qualify as painful or even discomforting, but I started working around it assuming it would probably get worse before it got better.  Between Sacramento and the Harrisburg Mile I did almost all my work in the pool.  As of today I can feel it whenever I run on land (pain level 3/10), and it is getting more and more sensitive to direct pressure.  HydroWorx running is still pain-free, so for now I am going to try to get all my work done in the water in hopes of completing the last bit of the season before shutting things down and giving it a rest.

After the unexpected long easy day on Thursday, I iced the foot that night and then again in the morning.  It felt fine around town, but still did not want to do anything unnecessary on land that might aggravate the problem.  Went up to the local pool and logged 45 aqua-minutes on Friday afternoon before heading to work that night.  Saturday was the ‘day after’ flying all night, with a swim meet and softball tourney thrown in for good measure.  Needless to say it was a day of rest in name only.  I had hoped to get in a track workout on Sunday, but after considering what I was going to accomplish vs what I was going to risk, I decided that some pool intervals made much more sense.

10×2:00 w/1:00 rest in the water on Sunday – started out comfortably then gradually worked the jet resistance and belt speed to more challenging settings.  With 15 minute warm-up and cool-down, came in right at 60 minutes total.  Felt good after all the slow work I had been doing lately, with no pain whatsoever in the heel, which is a good thing.  Used the massage hose afterwards before wrapping things up…

Hit the early spin class today, worked it has hard as I could.  Had entertained the thought of getting in some easy pool miles on top of the bike session, but felt good about the work I got done this morning so I don’t see that happening.  Definitely water miles tomorrow and Wednesday, probably reducing the distance as the week progresses.

With my 800m trials on Thursday getting cancelled, we are now driving to Cleveland (Berea) on Friday for races on Saturday (800m) and Sunday (1500m).  Goal is to just stay sharp and hope that the work I put in earlier this month will be enough.  There probably comes a point where being healthy and fit is better than dinged-up and fitter – I am hoping the pool can carry me through my aches and pains like it did last year.   Just need to eke a couple more miles out of these old ‘tires’…


About Nick Berra

I am a 45 year old masters runner from Central Pennsylvania. I have been participating primarily in track events since turning 40 in 2009. This season has produced marks that I have not run in several years, I believe primarily due to starting a strength and flexibility program here at Elite Athletic Performance - I've felt stronger and faster than I have in a long time. That, coupled with lots of underwater running, has kept me healthy and fit - at this age those are things I no longer take for granted... I run USATF events with a team out of Philadelphia, the Greater Philadelphia Track Club. They are a great group who have played a big part in making the sport enjoyable for me again. I also run local races for HydroWorx Track Club, supported by HydroWorx here in Harrisburg PA. Their underwater treadmills and training center has proved to be a crucial part of my training, rehabilitation, and recovery programs. I set personal records in the 800m (1:56.06) in 2010 and in the 1500m (4:02:63) and mile (4:23.48) in 2011. Despite the fact that I am not getting any younger, I nearly PR'ed recently and set the M45 indoor world record in the 800 meters at the New Balance Armory in New York City. I ran 1:56.10, besting the 9 year old record by less than a second. I feel like there are still more big things to come... I am married and have two daughters. I am an assistant XC coach at my alma mater, Cumberland Valley High School here in Mechanicsburg PA. I am also a 1991 graduate of the US Naval Academy, currently working as a pilot for FedEx after serving 10 years on active duty flying in the Navy. Beat Army! Beat Army!
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1 Response to Starting to Ache

  1. Yikes, hope the issue doesn’t worsen considering the timing. I strained an Achilles 2.5 weeks ago on the track and *still* feel some discomfort; it’s a touchy area even for the younger crowd. Good luck at Berea; not having trials should help a little!

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