Force Majeure or How I Am Forced to Go Easy and Love the Sofa

For the last few days I have been spending as much time as possible with my feet up and not getting any long, or short for that matter, runs in. This is because, as I mentioned previously, I have been fighting a niggling injury that I am sorry to say seems to have beaten me.

For a while now I have been alternating my runs between the roads of Portlaoise (and the oddities one sees on country roads) and the treadmill and trying to determine what exactly was causing my ankle pain. The pain would be there when I woke, dissipate while I ran, only to return again shortly after. I’d stop running for a few days and just when I would feel confident that I could, once more, hit to road I would find myself battling shooting pains up the interior of my calves.

Thatched Rooves in Laois
A little shot of country living from the road

I have sought out the advice of some friends of mine with medical experience who have advised that the most likely culprit is tendonitis. For those of you unaware tendonitis usually occurs when there is inflammation or irritation of the tendons, usually due to overuse (Ultra-Marathon training??) or injury and can take between two and three months to recover (though much longer without the proper treatment).

So that’s me benched for the foreseeable future.

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