So after doing some research this morning and talking to a couple of my running pals, I think I have Achilles tendon issues.
Good news: I think I know why. I wore sandals without backs when we did our walking tour of the Bahamas - seriously, we walked probably 3 miles up some big hills. And then yesterday, I walked home from a friends in a different pair of flip floppy sandals - it wasn't a long walk - but that is all I can attribute the pain too. I have not stretched that tendon enough and thus it is screaming for stretches.
Goodbye: I am going to put all of these sandals away... and only wear approved shoes for walking.
More Good news: Since my marathon is not until the end of October, I can take a rest day. I can take time "off" to stretch, to recover.
I am so thankful that I am learning how to listen to my body and take the time to stretch and strengthen my body at the same time.
For all of those who are running races this weekend and doing long runs, I am praying for strength and safety!
P.S. Remember, it was Paris who shot his arrow (and Apollo who guided his arrow) into Achilles - thus killing the Greek hero of the Trojan War. Didn't think you would get a little lesson in Greek Mythology this morning, did you?