So I am starting my 4th week of my first marathon training. As you might have read, I had developed Achilles tendonitis on the back of my foot right above my heel. I went to the Podiatrist and he gave me an icing/stretching regiment and heavy duty anti-inflammatory medication, which wasn’t helping at all. He said to take the medications for 4-6 weeks. I hate taking anti-inflammatory mediation at all because from what I have read, they stop the body’s natural healing properties. I started thinking that it was just a matter of time before I was going to have to abandon the pursuit of completing the California International Marathon this year if my Achilles tendonitis kept getting worse.
A reader of my blog, Stewart G, left me a comment letting me know about a website that provided advice for his Achilles issues. I checked out the website and it talked about the benefit of eccentric heel drops. I tried it and within 2 days I really felt the difference. It has now been one week of doing the eccentric heel drops and I can run with no pain.
I was able to have two great runs this past weekend. My 5 mile run at race pace was easy and I ran it about 20 seconds faster per mile than I needed to. My 6 mile run the following day was easy as well. I can’t thank Stewart enough. I have a renewed sense of confidence in my running and can’t wait for my training to progress.
I strongly recommend eccentric heel drops for all runners. It can be useful in making you stronger and more injury free. Check out the great article from John Davis at RunnersConnect.
Here is what my 4th week of training consists of.
Monday: Cycle 17 miles
Tuesday: 3 mile run
Wednesday: 6 mile run
Thursday: Cycle 15 miles
Saturday: 6 miles run (at race pace)
Sunday: 11 mile run
I am really excited that my training is back on track. Please take a chance to check out the awesome article and let me know what you think.