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Monday, December 19, 2011

I TOOK THE WEEK OFF . . . Strained Front Part of Ankle

SKArunner_10K

Last Saturday during my long run, 21.7 miles with 2900' of gain, I strained the front top part of my ankle. About mile 16 or so, I remember tightening my shoe lace on my right foot; I guess too tight. When I got home it hurt – ached. Every morning when I woke I was expecting to be pain free, but it didn't seem to go away. If I jogged around a bit it didn't seem to aggravate the ankle, but I wasn't going to take any chances - I took the week off. Normally, I would run through a mild injury like this because I am stupid that way, but I am in no hurry. My main goal is Leadville and that is still 242 days away.

The following Saturday, my foot felt pretty good, so since I was registered anyway for Rudolph's Revenge, I decided to give it a go. I figured if it hurt I would just back off. For the most part, I felt great. And today, it doesn't seem to hurt at all, maybe the race loosened it up for me??

4 comments:

Johann said...

Glad it's all better. Resting for something like that won't be easy for me although I know that is the right thing to do. The only thing keeping me from Leadville is the cost. Travelling from South Africa is just too expensive for me right now. I keep on dreaming though.

Jay said...

I've recently recovered from a break in my foot. I found that the first few runs back absolutely loosened up the remaining issues I had. I wouldn't be surprised that your judicious application of rest followed by a solid effrot at Rudolph's Revenge really helped.
Come back to the big miles carefully though...
J

SKA Runner said...

Johann: Thanks. Resting is so hard for me, I feel that I am wasting time or something. And the hardest part is starting back up again, I am glad it was a race to give me a kick start.

I remember in high school, after breaking my leg on a hurtle, and the day I removed the cast I went out and ran 10 miles. Now, the doctor said I could, but when I got home my father said one thing to me. . . "The doctor was being sarcastic."

Jay: I was hurting after Rudolph's, not my foot, I had a full body 'after race' ache. It felt like I gave my 100% though. I took an additional two days recovery and then got back on the trail today.

*I took an additional loop out of my laces to prevent any extra pressure on my ankle - just in case.

James Ronald said...

My dear I can say that i'm an expert in sprained ankles. In the past three years my left ankle gave up on me so many times that i lost count. I've had torn ligaments, sprains, bones out of place... I've had so many physical therapy sessions, worn so many splints...whatever. 
http://www.footcentersofnc.com/common-foot-problems/ankle-sprains-fractures.html

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