It’s been almost three weeks since I sprained my ankle at the Orcas Island 50k. I can walk fine on it, even take stairs and do a jump without pain — but it’s still sore and I still yelp when I accidentally forget it’s injured and try to sit cross-legged or my husband’s foot bumps it under the covers at night. I’ve been wearing a brace and trying to let it heal by taking time off from running and biking.
I did do a short run about a week ago. It felt fine during the run, but was pretty sore that evening. So, I took another week off completely to let it heal further.
Today was another test. It didn’t hurt during the run, so I’ll have to see how it feels the rest of the evening.
Energy-wise, I felt pretty worn down out there today. It was windy and chilly, fairly gray out and a bit dismal. I felt really slow and couldn’t seem to muster any sort of medium paced speed at all. It’s likely a combination of not running at all lately and the muscles still fully recovering from the nearly 10 hour effort I gave at Orcas Island.
If the soreness is no worse tonight than before, I think I’ll gradually start easing back into my mileage. I’m itching to be at my full training load again. My lack of endorphins has become obvious to my poor family, who must endure the whining and moping of this injured runner.
I also have another couple of great incentives to get back on the ball! Just this past Monday, the Race to Robie Creek – billed as the Toughest Half Marathon in the Northwest – which takes place here in Boise – opened up it’s infamous registration at noon. Now, the Race to Robie Creek is a challenge — the first 8 miles are up hill! But, after running the race and registering for it, I’d have to say that the registration process is the more difficult of the two! The race sold out last year in 13 minutes! I made it in, but my heart was beating wildly and I was in awe that my fingers had been able to type fast enough to fill out the registration in time to hit “send” and have it accepted. This year was no different. I had a hard time sleeping the night before. My palms grew sweaty as I sat and hit “refresh” a thousand times leading up to high noon waiting for the elusive “Registration Open” link to open. It finally did for me – about 2 minutes after 12:00 and I made it in! Yes!!!!!
Now, to training. The race takes place April 16th. It’s a wild and crazy event that feels more like a big party than a race. I can’t wait!
I also have my own Lake Lowell Marathon (www.runlakelowell.com) coming up May 7th. My husband and I have been spending most of our evenings and weekends working on the behind-the-scenes details (which are more than I would have realized). I’m really hoping I’m able to help Wayne enough with the organizational needs ahead of time, so I, too, can run this race -the marathon of my dreams. 🙂
Those are some pretty good reasons to get my miles back up. I just hope the ankle is getting stronger and closer to being fully healed.
Stats: 2.35 miles in the neighborhood. Pace: 10:33. Felt: Blah