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I have increased my running recently up to 30+ miles per week. I have been coping well with the increase and have seen my weight drop off and my pace improve. However, I have been having some problems with my left achilles tendon and been experiencing a dull ache. I have found that I have been able to run through it and the ache goes away. On Sunday I did my first 15 mile run and since then have had a lot of pain. It went off a bit later in the week and I ran 13 miles on Thursday (I shouldn't have but was on holiday and really wanted to run along the coast - not on the sand I should say). Now I can feel it creaking and it feels quite weak.
There is no swelling.
It doesn't particularly hurt, just feels uncomfortable.
I can't really run on it (today). The ache makes me feel a bit sick (but it doesn't really hurt - I can't really explain it).
I know I am going to have to go the physio and will try and sort something out for next week but was wondering if anybody else had anything like this and what they did to make it better.
I should add that I wear custom orthotics to sort out my over-pronating and that I have recently changed my running shoes to some Saucony Paramounts (which have cured my shin splints but seem to have led to this). I'm hoping it will just need some adjustments made to my orthotic. I do not particularly want to wear a more supportive shoe as my shins complain - these are the only shoes I have tried that are good for my shins (and I have probably tried most).
I have a couple of races lined up - Newcastle 7 on the 19th April (anticipating having to pull out of this but don'twant to - will take it slow if I can) and Tewkesbury half marathon in May (was going for a PB here but concerned about recovery time).
Any advice, guidance or words of wisdom appreciated.