With all the trips to New Hampshire, it has put a lot more miles on the truck than usual, so keeping up with maintenance is a lot more important. As a result, we made an appointment for today to have the oil changed, a general look it over and get any of the little things taken care of before they become an issue.
While they were doing all that stuff, I did my usual get out of the shop and go for a run. Usually, I just go from ACAR, run through Hallowell and go down the Rail Trail towards Gardiner and run 7-10 miles.
Today, I just didn’t feel like doing the same old course.
So I turned left and ran the R/T back towards the Augusta Trail Head. I wasn’t in a hurry and wanted to get in around 7-8 miles. So I took the Y hill and ran around Capitol Park and then continued north. That little hill going up to the YMCA is just enough to be a pain in the butt, but I wasn’t pushing hard up it either.
I decided to either do the old AMHI road or go across the bridge. However, as I was crossing the bridge my left Achilles started to talk to me, so I decided to go across the bridge and then go back down the Rail Trail to Hallowell. That last half mile wasn’t too much fun – the Achilles started talking nasty to me. I would usually do the extra .4 to get an even 8.0, but I just stopped when I got back to ACAR.
The left Achilles was barking enough that I didn’t want to push any further. Once I stopped running it stopped barking and walking wasn’t too bad at all. So I am not really doing any damage to it, I just need to keep working on the pre-hab and strengthening it as I keep “slowly” working up the mileage.
The Under Armour Bandit 3’s did just fine, they didn’t bother my left ankle like the WR20’s did. There is just enough cushioning, so I don’t feel beat up after finishing and they don’t get in the way of how I run.
To be honest I was a little disappointed that the left Achilles flared up like it did, but it was not really unexpected and took a little longer than I thought it would. So it is getting stronger, but I just have to be more patient and give it more time.