Ok so that’s a bit of an exaggeration… I am definitely NOT in a cast…
I met with my friend/massage therapist/personal trainer/savior who was in shock and awe at how inflamed it was. The look on her face said it all- this was bad, real bad. She advised me NOT to run at all for the week except for my long run which was on Saturday. I couldn’t believe it was that bad. I was heart-broken. She suggested that I spin and do the ARC trainer for my cardio during the week, and thankfully I was also scheduled for massage on Thursday. I followed her advice, and saw her Thurs for my treatment. She is a miracle worker, and when I was done with the massage I got up, looked at my left ankle and exclaimed “I’M SKINNY AGAIN!” The “egg” of inflammation in my leg was gone and I felt SO much better. I shortened my long run from 11 miles to 8 miles on Saturday and ran it with a friend who kept me at a slower-than-usual, steady pace. I was cautioned that I wasn’t totally out of the woods yet, and that it is still very touch and go. I am making sure to ice, ice, ice and do everything I can to keep my ankle elevated. This is easier said than done when your job requires you to be on your feet moving around 12+ hours per day.
Right now I am trying to get used to the idea that IF I am healthy enough to run this race, I’ll be doing it to finish instead of for time, as I originally planned.
I will admit, this got me pretty down but I am taking it one day at a time and trying to remember that everything happens for a reason… Have you ever had an injury that put a big wrench in your training plans?? What did you do to cope? I could use some suggestions!