I ended up doing a seven-day period of 86 miles with almost 15,000' of gain. Some people eat that for breakfast, but I had a real scare with my left tibilias anterior tendon. After two 50km+ runs in four days, it was hurting quite a bit and I took two days off completely, before putting in some shorter road runs. I then took two more days off from running (but still did some cross training), massaged it quite aggressively and used a heat pack on it.
Massage really seems to work for me with my lower-leg tendons. By massage, I just mean pinching the hell out of them and hopefully working any inflammation out. I coupled that with a single dose of anti-inflammatory meds (naproxen sodium) and it worked. Within 24 hours it was back to normal and I've run consistently over the last eight days without even remembering it once hurt.
Whenever I talk with friends about niggles or injuries I tend to play the "rest and recover!" card a lot. What's funny is that it was hard for me to take my own advice, but I'm glad I did. A goal for me is to always show up at starting lines feeling healthy. That's especially true when I'm paying a lot of money to travel to an event and taking time off of work to do so.
I ended with a bit lower mileage and vert than I expected because of that, but I feel much better about joining the throngs (530 people!?) at Stinson Beach this Saturday and especially am looking forward to running with Adam and Dave.
|April: 168.8 miles, 18,555' gain|