The last time I ran in the mud, my day ended looking like this:
For some time now, my ankle hasn't felt any worse or any better. I waited and waited and waited to start running again. I kept thinking that maybe next week it'll stop aching and then I can start again. I kept avoiding starting because I was afraid that I'd then go see a doctor who would tell me to stop again. Yet after I went to the doctors, he made it seem that it wouldn't do any additional harm to begin resuming normal life.
So for whatever reason, I decided that today would be the day. I pulled out my Nike+ watch and headed out to the park. I preset the internals on my watch for 1 minute run and 90 second walk. Which is also the first workout as apart of cool runnings Couch 2 5k program. It seemed to make sense to start from the beginning to avoid overuse, injury, and frustration I have no races in the horizon, just the goal getting my endurance back up and my pace back down.
Overall, I am pleased with today's run/walk ( I haven't counted it towards my annual running goals because I walked more than I ran, when I run more than I walk I'll be able to justify counting them) But today I did 2.2 miles in 30 minutes.
After rereading my post from July when I had tried to start running again the first time, I can see that there have been improvements since then. Running didn't seem forced or unnatural this time. (Although I did force myself to run through puddles and small streams rather than jumping over them, which is what caused this whole mess to begin with)
I am still planning on meeting with a Podiatrist and maybe some physical therapy but hopefully be able to continue to do some run/walking along the way.