Several weeks ago, I developed Achilles Tendonitis in my right leg.
This is probably the result of overuse and too much running with ‘no gas in the tank’ (I virtually don’t sleep, as anyone who has received emails from me at 3am can attest).
I’m lucky if I sleep several hours a night. Running 3-10 miles on little sleep, is less than suboptimal.
When you run many miles without proper energy, you develop bad habits with respect to your biomechanics, running stride, and cadence.
Then you get injured.
Now I must rest for at least several weeks (possibly a few months) while practicing “eccentric calf exercises (see diagram below. that’s not me, btw).
The rehab team at Regency would certainly take care of this for me, but they are busy doing wonders with our patients and I’m not a patient.
My bigger problem is how to get my ‘fix’ now that I’m temporarily sidelined?
What will be the substitute for the psychological benefits of my running?
When you exercise, your body releases chemicals called endorphins. These endorphins interact with the receptors in your brain that reduce your perception of pain.
Endorphins also trigger a positive feeling in the body, similar to that of morphine. For example, the feeling that follows a run or workout is often described as “euphoric.” That feeling, known as a “runner’s high,” can be accompanied by a positive and energizing outlook on life.
Hey, the good news is, I am still accompanied by a positive and energizing outlook, that’s because I work at Regency!
Btw, this topic interests me.
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Now go take on the day!!!