Running, you say? Hmmm, sounds vaguely familiar as well…
Yes, I started this blog when I was getting back into running, and things were moving right along until last Spring, mid-April, when I rolled my ankle pretty badly. I was on my usual route around the neighborhood when I saw a large dog on the sidewalk the next block up.
I’m not afraid of dogs, but this was not a dog I recognized, there was no collar or leash that I could see, and there were no people in sight. Instead of barreling straight towards this large, unfamiliar dog, I decided to respect its space and cross the street. Not that my running could be considered barreling, but you get my point.
Easy peasy, right? It’s just crossing the street, it can’t be that hard. Unless you’re me.
As I headed down the next driveway to the street my left foot landed on just the right/wrong spot, and I rolled off the curb. And swore. Loudly. I hobbled back to the sidewalk and leaned on a lamp post until the pain subsided. I noticed the dog was looking at me curiously and I may have yelled “this is all your fault, you know”.
I was able to walk back home with just a little throbbing and I figured I’d be back to normal in a few days. Nope!
Normal walking didn’t cause me any issues, but bending my ankle a certain way still resulted in a sharp pain and I didn’t want to do additional damage so I rested it for a few weeks. It was still bothering me at the end of May so I mentioned it during an annual physical and the Doctor said that a bad roll can take up to eight weeks to fully heal so I should give it a little longer. Eight weeks would have been mid-June and I gave it until the end of August when I decided to see a foot/ankle specialist. He took x-rays and found… a big-fat-nothing.
I decided to keep up the no-running-regimen and accept that maybe it would always be a problem, but almost a year later now, I realized I hadn’t felt the pain in a while. I can bend my ankle any which way and it feels fine, nothing funny at all, so I think I’m ready to get some running back in my life.
I’m currently training to WALK a half marathon in May, and now that my walks have been getting longer I’ve been getting the itch to run, especially now that the weather is getting nicer and a lot more runners are out and about. I’m getting some serious running envy and have decided to add some running intervals to my walking this week, short and slow to start with. Crossing my fingers – and laces – that it goes well!