Last weekend after my run, I felt great. About 3 hours later, however, I started to realize I'd injured myself. The more I walked around doing errands with my husband, the more the inside of my right heel hurt.
Since runners are notorious self-diagnosing when it comes to injuries, I ran off to the internet to figure out what I could possibly have done wrong.
It appears as though I have a bit of tendonitis. Either achilles, or another tendon that runs along somewhere in the vicinity of the ankle and appears (from internet pictures) to start almost exactly where my pain is focused.
I don't actually remember what said tendon is called so we're going with foot/ankle tendonitis. Causes for this are:
1. New shoes. Nope. That said, neither are my shoes old. They're kind of at that point where they're broken in, but well under 100 miles have been put on them. PRobably closer to 60 miles on shoes that on average should last for about 500 miles. Your mileage may vary, but probably not by that much.
2. Old shoes - see above.
3. Increase in mileage or speed. Nope. Definitely not running significantly further. Slightly faster, but not that much further and I'm only increasing time ran at the rate of the plan which is often painfully slowly.
4. Tight calves. Oh. That's probably the one. Previously the same issue caused different symptoms.
Right now I'm taped with a knock-off KT Tape. I'm stretching, doing calf raises to improve strength in my calves and doing some other strength training to help with form (clamshells, ugh).
I'm enjoying my little break from running a little too much, really. I do miss the running, but it's great to not have to get up at 4:30 in the morning to go out for a run. I think I might move to lunchtime runs at work, or now that fall is here just run after work.