Monday: 4.6 miles (6:43); Went to Nashville Running Company to see Chris Scoma for a free injury screening. He said my back was on lockdown on the right side, which is causing a lot of issues with my nerves. He didn't say much about the achilles because he felt everything correlated to my back issues. I'll probably go in for a visit on fall break
Tuesday: 6.4 miles (6:49)
Wednesday: Went to Middle Tennessee Spine and Joint to get a different perspective on my issues. I saw Elizabeth Hicks, who felt that I have some weak glutes and tight hip flexors on my right side, which is causing too much pronation with my right foot. I've noticed for years that my right foot has had issues, while my left foot has a pretty decent footstrike. The hip/glute issue was most evident when I was asked to do a one-legged squat with both legs. I had perfect form on my left but with my right, my knee collapsed inward after going down a few degrees. The collapsing knee results in a collapsing foot. I got some ART on my back and some Graston on my achilles. I've heard good things about Graston with tendon injuries, so hopefully it will help out. It was definitely a painful experience; .1 miles. Achilles hurt way too much. Dr. Hicks said there would be increased inflammation, so I stopped the run.
Thursday: 1.6 miles (7:23). Had a lot of tension and pulling on my heel/achilles. Maybe I could have gone further, but I wanted to play it safe.
Friday: .6 miles (7:15) Too much achilles pain. Hoping this is still a result from the Graston, instead of the injury becoming worse; 4.6 miles (6:54) I was surprised I was able to manage this. Ran pain free until about three miles, then the last couple of minutes, it got to the point where I knew I needed to stop. I heated before I ran, so maybe that helped things out. Found a killer knot in my posterior tibialis, so I spent a ton of time rolling and massaging it. Knots there can refer pain to the achilles, so hopefully it loosens things up.
Saturday: 3.4 miles (6:50)
Sunday: 5.3 miles (6:34)
Week Total= 26.5 miles. Lowest week in a very long time. It felt like things were getting better but I couldn't get out there as much as I wanted to. The first Graston session set me back for a couple of days but hopefully it will speed up my return. It was frustrating seeing so many fast times at Chicago, along with the USA 10 Mile Championships, while I sit on the disabled list. I'm hoping I can knock this out within 1-2 more weeks and hopefully find a marathon in early/mid January. I need to find some good exercises for my hips/glutes to get things more aligned. Also started a supplement called Cissus. I've heard mixed things on it but I figured I would at least give it a shot.