Tuesday, February 3, 2009


That guy who was hobbling around at the elementary school and the grocery store today was me.

I had intended to get up and run a pair of miles in the wee hours of the morning Tuesday but that didn't happen. My heels have been bothering me off and on for several weeks now but today the pain didn't go away after a few minutes. I got up, hobbled around the house and realized that a run was not in my immediate future. I figured that I'd get a run in after dropping off my youngest at preschool, but it was about 8:30 and I was preparing to leave for preschool when I realized that my pain hadn't completely gone away.

At that point, I figured it was best to scrap the run. I have two high school games to ref today and one each on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday so I figured the best thing would be to skip the run and plan on intervals Wednesday. I still plan on doing my 8-mile run but I might do it on Friday instead of Saturday. Maybe then I can have two full days of rest.

Anyway, I'm worried that the pain is in my Achilles tendon. It's on the back part of my feet but it's more towards the heel than the ankle. I think the pain started from officiating since I'm not used to wearing cleats for more than a couple of hours once a week at most... well, I wasn't until I started refereeing games.

The pain hasn't been much more than discomfort but yesterday and today it has lingered and I can feel it even when I'm off my feet.

I guess I don't have time to worry too much about it. I have to leave here soon for game one, and then I have to schlep across town for another game. The upside is that I probably won't do too much running since they're varsity games and I run a lot more during JV games.

I'm hoping when the soccer season ends (I've got seven games left including today's) that I will be able to recover from this without having to interrupt my training too much, if at all.


thrasherswife said...

You know, my daughter had problems at then end of her soccer season last year with her heels. They killed her when she ran, and would be really bad after games. We stuck gel inserts into her cleats, which she would put into her shoes, helped a bit. Another girlfriend who played soccer all her life said she would get the same thing in high school. Not sure what to do about it, but sounds kinda common.

Lissaloo said...

Ouch, sound like maybe you should have it looked at, better to be safe than sorry.