I first felt it last night, while walking out to my car after work. My ankle felt a little stiff and there was pain between the front / outside of my right ankle. I also felt it bother me a bit during my sleep last night – or at least when I should have been sleeping.
Oh well, up at 2:20am to run this morning!
I needed 15 miles today and another 20 tomorrow to cap off my peak training week for the Yankee Springs Challenge 50k. The sky was clear, the stars were out, and it was a beautiful morning.
Except … for my ankle.
I felt some discomfort pretty much immediately after I started running. It was minor, but it was there. Nothing to keep me from running though so I continued on.
The further I ran, I started noticing that I was changing my stride to compensate for it. I don’t like to do this because it seems to eventually aggravate some other muscle / joint / leg eventually.
5 miles into this 15 mile route, I was heading back past the house. With the discomfort increasing, and the fear of injuring something else by over compensating for another 10 miles, I bailed on the remainder of the run. So here I sit – at 5:30am blogging – while I should be out running.
I’m content with the decision. I feel I have the endurance to run my race in January, and I’m guessing I just need a couple of days off anyway. It may very well jeopardize my mileage goal though – it was going to be close, even with the 15 miler today and 20 miler tomorrow (which I don’t plan on doing now). That’s not the end of the world though.
This also isn’t an A list race for me, but more of a target to keep training and in shape through the end of the year. I’m definitely looking forward to it, but it’s just a short 20 minute drive away. If it were my 50miler next summer, in Marquette, and I was in this spot, perhaps I’d be freaking out just a bit.
So what’s up with the ankle? I don’t know. I’m not a doctor. And I didn’t stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night. My whole right leg has felt a bit tight for a few days. I’m guessing something’s just finally gotten to the point where it’s out of whack and causing the discomfort. I’ll work a little harder on the stretching / rolling / icing for a couple days and see where we’re at.
So instead of running this morning – I’ve been icing, watching a rerun of last night’s football game and blogging.
I hope you have a better weekend than me!
On the plus side, I did see a meteor this morning!