Since moving to Los Angeles for law school I have increased my elevation gains/loss, but decreased overall mileage. At first I could excuse the changes making myself believe that the quality was worth the decrease in quantity. As the months rolled by I find it harder to get out of bed in the morning.
Every morning I awoke with the dread of knowing my Achilles tendon, ankle and calf were going to hurt when my toes touched the ground. After a few months I got used to “warming up” just to get my day started. The pain never went away completely no matter how many home remedies and runners tricks I tried. So I went to the classic and most time tested solution…stop.
It has not been pleasant to stop running at all and even worse to force myself off the trails. I have stuck to slow flat roads for about a month and taken more rest and cross training days. I sometimes feel lethargic and angry…angry at the awesome pairs of shoes sitting in the closet taunting me to take em out for a spin. But, my body is feeling stronger and I am now enjoying cross training more which is something that never would have happened.
I do not know how long the recovery and build up will take, but I am confident that I needed the break and my body did too.