I am a 37 year old runner and have been running for 30 years competitively. I run mostly trails with some roads for speed work. I run from 4 miles to 26 miles and hope to compete in 50k's some day. I am a pretty good runner in that my 1/2 marathon pr is 1 hr 18:10, 5K ; 16:02, 2 mile; 10:00 and 1 mile 4:39. I live in New Brunswick, Canada and so the hills are low here.
I have had mild achilles pain and stiffness for 2 months and thought that with no running and a month's worth of eccentric excercises outlined in your red book about prevention and treatment, that it would improve. I even started out doing one set of ten a day and then as pain became more frequent, I did it every other day.
Here's the thing, I have never had pain during the excercises. Only the next day or even once a week would there be pain. It has never been much, only 2 out of ten at most. More recently It has hurt for 5 days in a row (scale of 1-2)and stiffness has increased.
My questions are;
1. Should I wait for there to be no pain for a few weeks before I start into the eccentrics? Or is mild pain part of the healing process?
2. If I do have pain should I cease the excercises and wait again until pain free for a few weeks?
3. I have read a few studies about eccentrics and they all say that I can't hurt my achilles with them and that they are safe but starting out with 2 sets of 15, straight and bent heel drops a day seems alot. Should I just toughen up and do it?
Thank you very much for your time.
Asked by Bgagner - 0 answers - 5 years 50 weeks ago