Hitting the Ground with Both Feet Running….NOT!

So after recovery from my NYC Half, the plan was to hit the ground with both feet running.  Get  right back to 50K training.  Recover went well and I was just about to get into the swing of things.   I knew what needed to be done and planned on doing it.   To the point that I knew that I wouldn’t be able to run my cut-down on Easter Sunday, so I wisely thought I would do it Saturday night.

I put all my blink on and was ready to go.    If only walking wasn’t so hard.   Before I even got to the end of my street, I twisted my ankle..    I twisted it good.   I thought this was one of those where you land wrong and just need to work it out.   So I went with it.   First mile I could still feel it.   Thought well maybe I just need to work it out a little more.   Second mile I was pushing the pace for my cut-down.   I was on target.    Then I picked it up slightly after the second mile and before I got to mile 3, I was swearing up a storm.   My ankle/foot was killing me.   This is when I realized that I should have turned around and gone back inside before my run even started.  It hurt so bad, I entertained the thought of calling my hubby to come pick me up.  I  didn’t want to get the look though.    You know the look like “well why are you running in the dark anyway?”    So I decided it wasn’t too bad and I slowed the pace down and worked my way home.

By the time I got home and showered, my ankle/foot was swollen.   A friend who saw my picture said it looked angry.   It certainly was behaving that way.    I had only hoped that running 5 miles on it didn’t make it worse.    And knowing how good veggies are for the body, I thought it prudent to put some on my foot before bed.

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Easter Morning comes and although less angry, it hurts more to walk on it.   Luckily I have an ace bandage that I put on it and plan on taking it as easy as possible.  Rest.  Ice. Heat.  I was also very thankful that I wasn’t hosting Easter dinner.   At my Mom’s I was questioned more than once about my running and my ankle.  It was pointed out that if I had a problem walking maybe I shouldn’t be running.  GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR

Anyway I am nearing the end of day two.   The ankle is still tender, but when I woke up this morning it felt so much better.   I was able to walk normally.   I still put the bandage on and rested it as much as I could which wasn’t a lot.  By the end of the day, I was ready to put my feet up as it was painful.   I tried jogging a few feet in my living room to test it out.   That was an emphatic NO GO.

So more rest.   Per my coach I am going to try to get some swimming in but no pushing off the walls and just dragging my feet.   More for the aerobic factor of it.  Maybe a little mental too.

All I know is this is NOT how I envisioned hitting the ground with both feet for my 50K training.   Although I know that I’ve already been in training doing several looong runs.   Today was supposed to be my second 18 miler which obviously didn’t happen.   I just know though that I need to go slow because the last thing I want to do is make it worse especially as I get further into my training.

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I’m thinking by the end of the week, I will be ok to run.   One day at a time.  I just don’t like this at all.   Not one bit.

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