Thursday, August 8, 2013

The Added Weight of Injuries & Recovery

When injury strikes and training takes a backseat to recovery, it seems like time stands still.

Even though I am getting in some workouts other than running (cycling, core strength, swimming), I feel like I am losing fitness and accomplishing less.

It may be the constant icing, stretching and injury maintenance as a reminder that I am not 100% weighing on my mind.

It is interesting that when healthy and on the go, I don't give (nor have time) to think too much about getting in a workout, I just do it, there are no limitations outside of my normal daily work and family obligations. Now, I have to plan around my injury and because it affects my general mobility it has become a burden.

It has only been a week and I am over it, but I also know I have a ways to go to be back to 100%.

Here is what I have been using and doing to aid recovery:
  • Opting to wear my running shoes as much as possible with a cushioned SofSole insert to lessen the impact forces.
  • Applying KT Tape to support the tendon while walking.
  • Heating before cycling, swimming and roller sessions with warm water or heating pack.
  • I'm staying away from too much calf stretching as I've read that it can cause tugging on the tendon - ouch. Instead, I've opted for my trusty foam rollers to roll calf muscles to loosen them up without too much tugging on the Achilles Tendon.
  • Eccentric heel drops – 3 sets of 15 reps, twice per day
  • Icing after cycling, swimming and walking (I also typically have an ice bag on for 20-30 minutes whenever I sit at my desk, get home in the evening and when I wake up in the morning)

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