Jan 12, 2019

As I suspected, a couple of days without sitting in a car for hours at a time has resulted in the soreness in my Achilles subsiding. I’ve now realised that, whenever I sit in a cramped position for hours at a time without being able to stretch out my legs (e.g. driving, out at dinner, in a meeting etc.) I feel an ache develop in my right groin from when I tore the adductor tendon from the pelvic bone twenty years ago. I’ll tell that story another time.

For some reason, whenever I experience this ache, the next day I seem to struggle with my Achilles. I assume the adductor gets fatigued, resulting in my gait changing the next morning when I run. This impacts negatively on the Achilles. At least that’s my current working hypothesis. I’ve decided to strengthen the right adductor via exercises. Let’s see how that turns out. The other option is to never sit for long periods, but that’s impractical at times.

Here are some photos from this day seven years ago, as I made my way between Dunedin and Christchurch on the world run. The first photo is obviously about a story that appeared in a local newspaper at the time, while the third is of me enjoying a beer in the quaint town of Geraldine. The other photos are pretty much self evident.