Saturday, March 26th about 7 p.m
Morning heart rate 54 BPM
Weight 15 4#
I’m at 4 on my new I-MAD index.
We have a lot to talk about today.
I-MAD equals 4. This is a new index I have created to measure the discomfort in my achilles tendon each morning so that I have a running record. The amount of discomfort that one feels upon taking the first 10 to 20 steps after getting out of bed in the morning is a very good indicator of the extent of the Achilles tendon injury. Two years ago I had done some extreme damage to both my achilles tendons. I could barely walk when I stepped out of bed in the morning. It was very painful . I would classify it as an 8 on my new scale. I visited the Rothman sports clinic in South Jersey and was prescribed six weeks of a specialized treatment and rehabilitation to get it under control. My obsession with it at this time is understandable. I don’t want that to happen again. So I created this new Index of Measurement of Achilles Discomfort. It will be added to my training log blog each day. On the index 0 represents no pain at all, 10 represents unbearable pain. I will not be happy again until the index is at 0.
So, with my morning heart rate steady at 54 BPM for 2 days, I decided I was ready for a workout on the beach. There was a total cloud cover and a gentle breeze although the humidity was 94% . Preparation was lots of heat, compression sleeves and 25 minutes of warm up, walking and jogging a total of about 1.9 miles with sweats on. Stripped down I set out on what I hoped would be a 5 mile run. Because my achilles tendon was sending me messages of dull pain, I decided to cut it to four miles during the run. It was a comfortable run with each mile time being faster than the previous. Aerobics were fine thanks to Belly Breathing, and muscles were fine thanks to a day off. By the end of the run my tendon was not aching at all. That is kind of a tricky message from my body I think , because it does not necessarily mean that things are all well. I think that the run was probably still having a negative effect on the Achilles but, because I was so warmed up and blood was flowing to the tendon, the pain had subsided. It would not surprise me one bit if this was the reason why I got into so much trouble 2 years ago. I was running through the pain to the point of no pain, and then pressing on. Maybe I was damaging my achilles at those times. Hopefully, I have learned a lesson there.
I immediately soaked my legs in the cold water of the pool and had a short swim. I am not experiencing any pain as I write this post. But tomorrow morning will tell the story. I was generally pleased with the workout because I was able to drop the mile time for each segment. Here are the splits;
10:56 10:14 9 :44 9:07 I was working hard on the last mile to try and break nine minutes , but it just wasn’t there today. All in all a pretty productive workout.
Followed up with chocolate milk, a banana, a large salad and my cocktail of green tea, pure tart cherry juice and a spritz of lemon.
Now enjoying a DOGFISHHEAD 60 MINUTE IPA while Villanova beats Kansas.