Tuesday, July 10, 2012

44 days later....

It has been 6 weeks and 2 days since my last run.  42 Days. I've been patient.  But I've also been slowly going crazy.  I'm in my 3rd week of Montessori training, so I've been sitting a lot.   Although my Montessori training deserves it's own post,  for now, all I'll keep it short that it is inspiring and overwhelming

Without being able to run, I feel like I am legitimately going crazy.  I've cried more in the past week than I have in the past year.  My ankle is still mildly swollen.  I've read that some peoples ankles never return to it's original size, which is kind of sad, because I had cute ankles that matched my hobbit sized feet. 

 I spent a good amount of time googling various questions, hoping to find an answer I liked.
Examples include but aren't limited to "how long do sprained ankles take to heal", "can you always tell if your foot is broken,""running to help a sprained ankle."  As expected all sources indicated that it would be most valuable to go to a doctor.  Or to listen to my body. So given my lack of health benefits I decided to follow the latter.  

Since I've been walking to/from class for the past week for about 2.5 miles each day.  I figured I would be able to would be able to walk 2 miles at one time on the school track.  Once there,  I knew I wouldn't be able to resist trying out the ankle.  I walked for 10 minutes and then began running one of the straightaways.  It didn't feel natural, but it didn't hurt.  My ankle does feel a bit weak but I was able to do it 4 times before deciding it was enough.

 It wasn't the most impressive stats, but I walked with a touch of running 2 miles in 28:57.  My mood instantly lifted and I feel far more human today than I have lately.  I did wear my brace while I ran, iced when I got home and took ibuprofen before I went to bed.  And thankfully today it doesn't feel any different than it did yesterday.  I plan to take it easy and try it again on Thursday.

Campus security drove by just as I was taking a picture, so I tried to look less obvious


  1. just don't push yourself too far... being out of running for a few months is infinitely better than being out of it permanently. i'm on month 6 of not really running so i know how painful it is to be sidelined, but how worth it it is to come back strong and healthy :)

    1. I know it! I know it's still a long way away from running as much as I'd like, but even that 400 meters seemed to help. I'm not sure how you've maintained sanity this long!

  2. Good for you! Nothing can beat the feeling of your first run after an injury. But like Rachael said, don't push it. Be smart and listen to your body... though it seems like you're already doing that!

  3. Ah...the amazinf first run ;) yes, it is delightful indeed. Be careful though...injuries have a sneaky way of coming back in other forms and fashions when you over do it! so glad to hear you are hanging in there!

  4. that was suppose to say "amazing" ;)

  5. How did it go on Thursday? Did you try running again? Hope it heals quickly!