We interrupt this regularly scheduled training schedule to bring you some Achilles pain. Last week I started feeling some pain in my Achilles tendon after a run in my new shoes. I figured it was just due to the fact that I was used to the new kicks so I sort of ignored it at first. Unfortunately, after Saturday's long run it flared up again.
Anyone who's a serious runner knows how hard it can be to take time off for any reason, but it's much better to take a few days off early on to contain a problem than it is to let the problem get of control, forcing you to take a much longer time off down the line.
I'm starting to reevaluate Boston. I still have every intention of running, but I'm prepared to take it easy if that's what my body needs. I want a good summer of training and racing and I'm not willing to sacrifice that for a few extra miles this week. With any luck, the strong base I've laid will see me through and my recovery will be speedy, but if not, I'm trying to make the mental preparations now.