Welp, I did it again! I got my monthly goal of 100+ miles in a month… and it feels awesome. It might seem like I’m going backward, but October I’m going to reel things back and reduce my mileage.
And here’s why.
As you can imagine, after increasing my average monthly mileage from 70 to 100 miles, I was bound to find new injuries along the way. Calm down Uncle Jim, my knees are fine – what I did discover:
I was having issues with tenderness in my plantar fascia. Plantar fasciitis is a fairly common ailment among runners and easily treatable. I won’t go into all of the details (Google is your friend), but I found my heels and arches were often sore following a long run. After a quick YouTube search, I was able to pinpoint that the issue is in the calf-muscles and not properly stretching AFTER my runs.
I found that giving myself a somewhat painful and deep tissue massage along my calves and plantar fascia, I was able to reduce and relieve the pain. Also, foam rolling after runs has helped drastically reduce soreness and tenderness.
Second, I’ve been experiencing some tenderness in my lower left shin, almost like a wicked bruise that won’t go away. I’m not sure if this is a stress fracture on my lower leg, or if a tendon is just bruised and needs to heal. Either way, I’m taking it easy to hopefully not exacerbate any injuries, I don’t want to take any chances. Also, I don’t know how to describe exactly what I’m feeling other than the pain is similar to a bruise. I don’t experience pain when I walk or put weight on my leg, so it doesn’t seem like a fracture is an issue, again just soreness.
The Hershey Half Marathon next weekend, and for the most part, I have only logged 18 miles in the last 11 days. This upcoming week (before the half marathon) I’m not going to run at all, maybe a slight jog around the neighborhood – like I said, I just want to take it easy.