4 Weeks Until I Run My First 5K

My problem Achilles tendon is rearing it's ugly head again. This morning the right side of my ankle is swollen and can't bear any weight. Time for a little R&R to avoid a possible tear.

I run my first 5K in 4 weeks. Unfortunately, my problem Achilles tendon is slowing down my 5K training. It’s feeling better lately and tomorrow I see just how far I can run without stopping.

Time is flying by. I looked at the calendar today and realized I only have 4 weeks left to train for my upcoming 5k. Holy cow! I’m starting to sweat it because I haven’t been consistent in my training.

For the last two months I’ve experienced a flare up with my Achilles’ tendon. It hurts the most in the mornings. After an hour of stretching and light walking I’m much more mobile. But I do have days where no matter the amount of stretching the blasted tendon hurts all day.

About a month ago it started hurting right after my runs. So I decided to go light on the running, just to play it safe. The last thing I want to do is rupture my Achilles.

What does playing it safe mean? First, I changed my Easy 5K app’s run/walk ratio from 1 minute-run/1 minute-walk to 15-second run/45-second run. Second, if the ankle felt too tender, then no running that day. That meant instead of running 3 days a week, some times it was once a week or not at all. Finally, icing up the problem ankle was mandatory after all walks or leg workouts.

Well yesterday morning I tested my foot. During my 5-mile walk morning I ran 1/2 mile during mile 3. I felt great and ran a 1/2-mile during both mile 4 and 5 (hey, that’s like half a 5K).

No swelling. No pain.  No ice needed. My ankle felt great.

Also I noticed that I didn’t feel winded during the running portions of my walk. It felt as if I could keep going. Thankfully caution got the best of me as I really was trying to test my ankle, not my distance.
Going The Distance & Managing Expectations
Clearly my spin classes, power walks and 5K training are paying off. Tomorrow morning I’m going to see how far I can run without stopping. That should give me an idea where I’m at in my training and if I have a shot at running the full 5K.

I just need to remember to take short strides and not to worry about speed during my run to prevent injuries.

Obviously I want to run the upcoming 5K completely. But I’ll consider it a victory if I can only run one-third of the 5K.  That’s a mile more than my last 5K.

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