Hello all -
I've never been much of a runner, although I've run for a few events in the past (a 1/2 marathon 3 years ago, a triathlon last year). I plan to run a lot more going forward, primarily to do several triathlons per year.
I recently started learning about minimalism and low-drop shoes, and decided I wanted to make the switch. I needed knew shoes, so what the heck. I tried about 8 different pair, and ended up keeping the Kinvara 3, Sketchers Go Bionic, and the Merrell Trail Glove - obviously they all serve slightly different purposes.
Over the last 3-4 weeks, I've run an average of about 5 times per week (2-4mi). I've run twice on the Merrell's, but primarily on the Kinvara and GoBionic.
Overall I've had some mild soreness/tenderness in my calves some days, but nothing that has caused me to miss a day of running. A couple of times my Achilles felt a little tender, but nothing to bad. I would have considered it par for the course considering the change I was making.
Yesterday, near the end of a run in the Merrell's (only my 2nd time on them), I felt my Achilles really tighten up - or, I guess I don't know it was my Achilles, but it's basically the whole backside of my lower leg, primarily above the ankle but not up into the calf. By the evening I was limping around. I iced and have continued to ice today. It's feeling a little better, but I certainly can't go run today.
I plan to swim tomorrow. Then see how it is. Do you guys have experience with this? How long (in days, or in how it feels) should I force myself to avoid running? Also, I plan to go with the Kinvaras only for a few days once I get back at it. Ideally, I would like to swim tomorrow (Sat) and possibly run in the afternoon, or at least run on Sunday. Thoughts?