Arrived home on Monday to my new graduate T- shirt. I was really looking forward to wearing it and looking like a real runner who would not be daunted by little things like hills. On Tuesday, feeling ambitious, I loaded up the Speed podcast and set off up the dreaded hill outside my house. The run was hard but went pretty well even if my face did match the berry colour of my T-shirt by the end.
Felt all pleased with myself and then woke up on Wednesday morning and could barely put my left foot on the ground for the pain at the back of my ankle. Ice and painkillers got me through the day but felt pretty fed up. A bit of Googling and self-diagnosis and it seems I've got achilles tendonitis caused by (naturally) running up hills. Treatment - RICE and stretches - so that's where we are now. I suppose I should feel like a real runner with my first proper running injury but I'm totally p***ed off. I knew that hill was out to get me from the start! Still the stretching seems to be helping even if the family is somewhat bemused by me standing on the bottom step slowly levering my self up and down.
As for the new T shirt, I ordered the biggest size based on their website but their sizing is definitely off. I'm normally around a 16 and if intended to be worn fitted I should definitely have gone for the L. Fortunately I am quite happy with loose and baggy although it may mean I don't get all the benefit of the wicking fabric. The colour (berry) is great though and I have my eye on one of the sky blue ones with white writing once I get back out there again. In the meantime I'll just have to spend the weekend back on the couch watching the Paralymics so it's not all bad. What astonishing athletes these people are!
Might even try one of the strength and flex podcasts so as not to turn back into a complete potato. Hope I don't have to wait too long before I can run again tho.