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Running Scared....

Busy busy busy...

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It's been a busy month.
11 runs so far totalling just under 65 miles (with another two planned - 4 miles tomorrow and 6 on Saturday) and one 6.5 mile/3000ft climb hike around Snowdonia.
http://runkeeper.com/user/Abelrider/activity/33299777
Been good fun tho for the most part.

One minor trouble has been my calf muscles/Achilles. A common issue with runners, and often just an overuse injury (I'm hoping that's the case here). Basically my calf muscles are getting really tight after faster/harder runs and I was really struggling with stretching them off. So much so that after a fast 4 miler on the 6th I took 4 days off training, missing a 6 mile easy and 8 mile slow run to give them time to recover, and also visited a sports therapist for a series of calf massages to help sort them out.
Also after a bit of reading up on the internet I have decided to start using a post run recovery drink, high in fast absorbing proteins and adding in a banana to replace some of the carbs the muscles use.
3 massage sessions, 7 runs and a whole heap of stretching later and it seems to be doing the trick. They are still a wee bit tight half hour after the run, but way better than they were and recovering within 24hrs, so hopefully if I can keep on top of them they shouldn't become a show stopper.

If anyone actually does some phys anywhere near York I can recommend this guy if you are having similar issues
http://www.excelsportsclinic.co.uk/

Next months sees me start the next phase in my training programme, moving on from the base fitness phase to strength training.
Time to hit the hills!

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