My physio, Marathon Des Sables Jane, was telling me about it as she was putting needles and straps onto my left calf.
Jane keeps reminding me to stretch the calf, and keep at it. Stand on one leg with your toes on the edge, drop the heel slowly, and then come up to your stating position. Not twice a week, but three times a day. "As often as you want", she says. Hakan taught everyone that.
The story goes that Hakan wanted surgery on his Achilles tendon which had been giving him lots of trouble. The general thinking was: get surgery, the pain goes away and then run again. Without finding a tear or rupture, the doctor would not grant the surgery. So Hakan took to some aggressive calf raises in order to snap the tendon, and get the surgery. It boggles the mind what athlete's come up with in the pursuit of going for a run.
The outcome of this one guy pushing all normal boundaries resulted in something rather interesting. Instead of snapping the pesky tendon, it actually improved and his findings fuelled lots on how to fix the Achilles by stretching. As a result, he is known globally as one of the key scientists on the Achilles tendon.
I thought you might like this little story as I take to the water for my first aqua sessions. Three weeks of downtime for the Achilles to recover while I do some running in the water might keep me on track for Comrades. Here's some good info for anyone who has Achilles issues.
This week I have gone under my Comrades intended mileage of 1,800k from Jan to May because of the set back. I'll have to make that up in the water. My plan will be tweaked and targets slightly altered until I get back on the road.
Comrades training is much easier on paper,