Jan 27, 2014

Two years ago today I finished my day of running on┬áthe Desert Road in the shadow of the volcano, Mt Ruapehu, on New Zealand’s North Island. One year ago today I finished running in the medieval town of Torres Novas in Portugal. Both occasions are still very clear in my memory. I’d be happy to be doing either of those runs again.

Time for an update and recap on my heel. Recall, I had exactly the same problem over the Christmas break last year – soreness where the Achilles attaches to the heel bone. It only started after I had stopped the daily 50 km runs. I was very worried at the time, as I thought it might prevent me from┬árunning when I restarted in Portugal. However, it went away as soon as I began running 50 km per day again. I haven’t tried that solution this time, and nothing seems to make it any better, including rest. Now it even hurts to walk. I’ve booked to see a podiatrist, but can’t get in until Feb 13. I really need to start doing a few long runs again, as the Oxfam 100 km Trailwalker event is on May 2. I wouldn’t want to go into that without any long training runs under my belt.