Hey up all

Just checking in to report on my maladies over the last few weeks.

To cut a long story short, I picked up an Achilles injury towards the end of a fairly nondescript run about six weeks ago. Despite it never feeling terrible, it took a full two weeks until I was able to run. Two weeks later and I was back into the swing of things but after a slow 12k run (my longest to date) I had a recurrence of the same ailment.

Recovery this time was a bit quicker although it is still not 100%. My best theory as to what was going on is that the low drop shoes that I got to help with my knee/hip issues back in March were causing undue stress on my Achilles.

A trip to the running shop last Friday resulted in the purchase of a pair of New Balance MRT580s (no photo yet but I will see what I can do when I get home later). They are a bit heavier and feel a bit clunky compared to the Asics but I have run in them twice so far (both fast 8ks) and so far so good.

I have my first official race scheduled for August 16th and am still following (a heavily re-jigged) training program for my HM in October so any further disruption from here would be a major setback (fingers crossed).

My apologies for going AWOL recently but after picking up the first injury Mrs D and I went away for a few days which left me with multiple piles of work to do and I am only now just getting back on track on that front.

I will catch up with all of your stories over the weekend.


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34 Replies

  • Hello Dunder (waves frantically) Good to hear from you. Sad news about your injury! I hope you can be well for your biggy!!!! Sure you will though. Eat really well and get that body healed.

    Don't forget the walking/cycling/swimming blah blah

    Miss Wobble

    Resident Nag

  • Hi Missw.

    Sorry to read that your knees are still misbehaving and hope your eventual return is an unmitigated success.

    I haven't fallen off the wagon diet-wise and am still swimming but I have cut down the walking a lot. Walking was quite uncomfortable when the injury was at it's worst and I generally wanted to maximise rest.

  • Aye Aye Mr D !

    D'ya know , I was thinking about you yesterday wondering where you were . It is good to see you back, I have missed your posts and seeing your Homie avatar :-)

    Oh sorry to hear you have been n'injured and your training plan has gone west a bit , best laid plans n' all that , but you have got lots of kilometerage on your legs so far, so shouldn't be too much of a setback in the great scheme of things :-)

    Good to hear from you again , take it easy, no going mad , but I am sure you know that don't you ? :-)


    Assistant Resident Nag :-) xxx

  • Thanks Pops.

    Yes, I will try to take it easy and the fact that I had a really good hard run last night (8k in 47:18) gives me confidence that I haven't really lost anything and that I don't have to push things too hard to 'catch up'.

  • Wow , that is impressive ! Well done ! :-) xxx

  • Glad things are getting back on track for you. This seems to very much be the placee to be for injuries at the moment! Oh, how I remember those carefree days of yesteryear when I could ask a lot more of this body without all this need for stretching, cross-training etc etc. Alas, those days are gone.....

  • Thanks Sandra.

    Yeah, I know exactly what you mean. Twenty years ago, I would have been able to shrug off a little injury like this in a couple of days and not still be feeling the effects after 5 frickin' weeks!

    Pleased to read about your own recovery, even it has been a case of two steps forward, one step back and hope your scans are good.

  • Hi Dunder! welcome back stranger- nice to see you back!! :) Sorry to hear you've had an injury, but good to hear you are back and running(and with new SHOOOOOOOOES too!) and have a plan for your HM, be it a revised one! excellent!

    Now don't work too hard, its NEARLY the weekend!!


    Trainee Nag PA to MIssWobble and Poppypug :X :)

  • Hey Ali.

    Long, slow run planned for Sunday morning (was supposed to be my first 16k but will pare that back to 12k).

    This morning is that first time that my Achilles hasn't felt stiff following a run for quite a while so I am quite hopeful that the new shoes are just what the doctor (or physio) ordered.

    The only real downside is that they are (IMHO) quite ugly. I tried about 7 different pairs and the NBs were the only ones that offered the combination of low drop (albeit higher than the Asics) and support in the heel area that (I think) I need.

    Hope everything is well with you.

  • that sounds promising! we don't mind ugly shoes here, still post a piccy! beauty is in the eye of the beholder and all that??!!

    i'm out on a scarily long 10 mile(never done that far!) hilly race on sunday @11am, think of me when your out and about and send positive vibes! i must complete it cos i WANT this medal!!



  • I expect to be out a bit earlier than that but I will certainly try to send out the vibes as I settle down to watch the F1 tomorrow.

    All the best and bring back that bling. x

  • thanks!! i'm really nervous!!! :X :)

  • Good Luck Ali !

    You can do it . Bring home that bling ! :-) xxx

  • Hello Dunder. 'Tis good to hear from you again although I'm sorry to read about your ailments. But, you're a runner so these things happen and hopefully the new shoes will work wonders for your training. Don't forget to post the piccie!

  • Thanks IP.

    I know these things are to be expected but it didn't stop me from going a bit stir crazy.

    Will put up a pic of the nooo shooos tonight.

  • Welcome back, but really - the things people will do to justify buying more kit... ;)

    Take it easy and don't try and do too much too soon (I know - it's easier said than done). Make sure that the injury has really healed.

  • Thanks Adam.

    I never need an excuse to buy new shoes at the best of times but I am becoming more confident that these are a good choice for my slightly freakish running style.

  • Pompoms flaying for you in southern France, Mr D :) Glad you posted. Any old excuse to buy yourself new shoes, pfft. Jokes apart, make sure you take care of yourself.

  • Thanks Mfam.

    Good to see you muddling through those tough conditions and getting ever closer to a sub-30 5k.

  • Glad youre back and sorry you've been out of action. New shoes, hmmmm, (sighs dreamily), hope they continue to be ok. Good luck for your race on the 16th x :-)

  • Thanks NE.

    If everything goes to plan (and it's not too hot) I think a sub-60 is doable but first and foremost I just want to go through the race experience (and start my bling collection, of course ;) )

  • Oh just go and enjoy, as you say the experience and the bling (oh the bling-sighs dreamily again), they are just the best things. I had a bit of run envy there, now I've just gone and entered a 10k for September! Lol x :-D

  • He he. Good for you.

  • Good to see you back Dunder :)

    - and after seeing your run on Garmin Connect you're definitely back with a bang!! That speed is something else :) Mind that injury, or the goddess will for sure sing Achilles black rage........ (now - this translation needs checking...)

    Happy running!

  • Thanks Paola. It was good to take some of my frustration out on the ground last night. I wasn't worried about running at a quicker pace because both instances of the injury came during/after slower runs.

  • Hi Dunder good to see you back again. Hope you can put this frustrating period behind you. Really impressed how well you're doing despite injury and feeling overworked. Lots of luck with the rejigged training plans :)

  • Thanks Ruth.

    Good to see you continuing to progress and hope the running club idea pans out.

  • Hello Dunder, welcome back. Hope the achilles continues to not bother you. I know the feeling, I really do (anxiously massages right heel area). But I reckon that sub-60 is in the bag!

  • Thanks TT.

    It really is a pig of a place to pick up an injury just because it takes so long to heal (furthest from the heart/restricted blood flow and all of that) but, fingers crossed, I think I might be over it.

    I am planning to do a fast 10k next weekend and would like to do sub-60 if conditions are good. Same for my race but that is at 10:30 and there is a good chance that it will be too hot - we'll see.

    Good to see that you are still towing the Danster around.

  • So good to see you post, we have all been worried. I know how hard it is to be on the couch, and it sounds like you are really getting back on track with your training. Take care 😎

  • Thanks JJ.

    I hope your ankle is fully operational soon.

  • Thankyou 😃

  • Well hullorer Dunder!

    Nice to have you back☺

  • Thanks Noaky. It's good to be back.

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