The next 2 days I chugged it out in the pool. Running in the pool with no aqua belt and with a pair of running shoes on. Speedo and running shoes: such a hot look! It gets pretty boring using the deep end part of the lap lane, but it just makes me hungry to get back outside and run!
On Thursday I warmed up in hopes of doing a track work out, but after 20 minutes, my achilles started to seize up and I was sent back to the pool. Yesterday I was able to run on the Alter-G machine, which is an Anti-Gravity treadmill.
I love this machine because it allows me to RUN through my injury. Here's how it works: you put on a pair of neoprene (wet suit material) shorts that have a tutu-like top with a zipper. Then you step into a big bubble around a treadmill and zip yourself in. The machine calibrates your weight and then you can begin running. You can set the weight at as high as 100% (your total body weight) and as low as 20% of your body weight. I generally run at 90% if I am not injured, but right now I am running at about 75% to take enough pressure off of my achilles while I run.
Here's how it works, from their website: http://www.alter-g.com/product/anti-gravity-treadmills
Unweighting is achieved in the AlterG by using air in a pressure-controlled chamber to gently lift the user. Precise calibration using our patented technology allows for very specific unweighting from 100-20% of the users body weight in 1% increments. Something no other unweighting modality can do.
I'm doing RICE (Rest Ice Compression and Elevation) and physical therapy for my achilles. Hopefully it will be healed soon and I can get back on the pavement soon!
One good thing that comes out of injury is that is definitely makes me appreciate running injury-free and motivates me to get back to running and training hard!