Along the way I also managed to sprain my right ankle near the end of May right when my training was starting to fall into place and the times were falling again. The sprain was actually the 2nd incident of the run, at around 1.5 miles in I caught some jagged shrub branches from where the canal trail had just been groomed that sent me sprawling (haze and sun combined made it difficult to see and I may have been watching a hot air balloon instead of paying attention to the trail). Got up, looked around to make sure no one was around to see my mishap, assessed the damage and decided to keep on trucking........big mistake, another couple of miles in I took a detour to avoid ankle deep water and slipped into a hole and there was the all too familiar sound and feel of things popping.
Damages from the first fall
This time around I took a proactive approach to rehabbing the sprain because I didn't want to be out several months like I was a few years ago when I did the traditional method of rest. I also knew it wasn't broken because I was able to stand on it with full weight with no pain three days after, if there had continued to be pain I would have gone for an x-ray at that point. Lots of stretching, flexing, calf raises, and balance board work started just as soon as I could handle load bearing and I also utilized ice far less because research I had done indicated that it would prolong the healing process rather than help it. Not saying anyone else should do what I've done but this time my strategy towards rehabbing the ankle worked.
runNTU 5k group pic
runNTU 5k near the finish
Wirksworth Wiggle 10k
Best splits ever. May club handicap race
Favorite bib number
World Nordic Walking Day
Events after injury
Ramathon Half Marathon at start
Ramathon finish line
Ilkeston Running Club at the Hairy Helmet Real Ale Relays
Best race swag!
First orienteering event (where I sprained my thumb!)
Funny face after the Derwent River Relays
Quick note, the Ramathon half marathon was my personal worst at the distance but I knew going doing it 3 weeks after the sprain that it wasn't going to be a speedy race. I simply ran what I could and walked when I needed to, I stopped and stretched several times, talked to volunteers and other participants and generally made the best of the situation, I was going to get a finisher's medal regardless of my time :-). One of the best conversations came towards the end when I started chatting with a girl for whom this was her first ever half and I loved being able to share in the joy at her achievement.