Week of Training January 18 – 24
|Tuesday||12||Drills and Strides, Core|
|Wednesday||13||Workout (1-5-1 min Fartlek)|
During this week I noticed a few important changes that showed I was very much back into training. The most noticeable difference was that my metabolism has been sky high. Biologically this makes sense as running more means more calories burned, which means more calories need to be consumed. Every few hours I would find my stomach grumbling and my legs taking me to the kitchen.
Another sign that I was back into training was I was much more tired on my everyday runs. Even though this feeling is a common occurrence, it was definitely a reminder of how important it is to listen to your body while training. Sometimes the smart route is to shorten a day if you are feeling tired and sore.
The last thing that really signified my transition into this coming cycle was Pete, Ryan, and I sat down and discussed the upcoming year of training and what specific races I will be doing in the next few months. After having to pass up on my two scheduled races of the year, it was nice to have some direction to aim my training towards. I have updated my results/schedule page, but my first race I get to head down to Puerto Rico to run the World’s Best 10km. The race is an IAAF Gold Label Race, which is a highly prized award as only 88 races have a label with 21 of them gold. Every year the field at World’s Best is phenomenal, so I will be running against some of the best runners in the world. After that I head to the famous (or dare I say infamous) Gate River Run. This will be my third year running Gate, and I hope to continue to my string of good performances there. After that I will take a month or so to get ready for some track races, which will cumulate at USATF Championships in Eugene in June.
Now I am going to do fulfill a request of a reader and talk a bit more about the treatment for my Achilles tendonitis, specifically the shockwave treatment. Going to see Dr. Fullem in Tampa, I knew little about what exactly shockwave treatment was, but I assumed that it was similar to STIM treatment, which is something that is a standard for all sorts of injuries. After some research I found out that they are not the same. Unlike STIM, which uses electronic shocks to stimulate muscles, shockwave treatment uses sound waves to interact with tissues. The sending high intensity sound waves into damaged tissue can reverse inflammation, increase the blood flow of the area, and begin to break down build up of calcium deposits. Basically it helps return the tissue back to normal so that it can heal. It is very effective for chronic injuries like plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendonitis.
The treatment itself was very short. Each session was 5 minutes long! It was a bit odd to come all the way to Tampa for an initial evaluation and a total of 15 minutes of therapy, but it seemed to be something that helped me get over my injury. While the treatment was only 5 minutes long, it tended to be pretty painful, especially when the shockwaves were close to the bone. Since bone is much less malleable than muscle, it was much more painful around the heel.