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I don't think they will help the achilles problem. My advice: You don't need to stop running necessarily, but you don't want it to get any worse. Start with active stretching (running drills), start running slowly and work up to the pace you are aiming for. You could also try heating your achilles up before you go run as well. Afterwards check out PNF ...


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I also recommend an expert to look at it. I would probably start with a PT instead of a doctor, but either should work. Back muscles are weird. You can have cases where a muscle is persistently tight but not painful, and then some occurrence will trigger it to get painful. The fix will likely be some combination of massage, pressure-point therapy, ...


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The only studies I've seen not in support of icing injuries typically are inconclusive, but the other side of the coin is that there is documented and anecdotal evidence in favor. A 2001 study states: It is concluded that ice is effective, but should be applied in repeated application of 10 minutes to be most effective, avoid side effects, and ...


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I don't think anyone is going to be able to give you a concrete answer as to whether or not you will be injury free in your race. Breaking down your question a bit, the things I notice are here: This morning (Thursday) I was running intervals on the treadmill, 4 minutes running - 1 minute walking, and I did them just a little faster than I usually ...



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