As you have probably noticed, I have not blogged in a while. Almost 4 weeks ago, I entered a 5K during a period in which I was running a lot. I had been feeling a small pain in my right ankle in the 3 days leading up to the race, but ignored it, because I was also preparing for a marathon later in June.
On the day of the 5K, I decided to wear my Newton MV3s, even though I’ve had my doubts about them. They feature a forefoot that is actually slightly higher than the heel. This, combined with so much running in zero-drop, minimal shoes I think caused big problems during the race. My ankle began to hurt so bad that I dropped out of the race halfway through. I was still thinking that I might possibly run the marathon.
After the race, as the day progressed, my ankle swelled up horribly, and I had enormous trouble walking. Unfortunately, I had to take my son to a baseball game that night, so I had to hobble around on my bad leg all evening. I continued to gimp along very, very slowly for about a week. I never saw a doctor, and went back to my one-legged balancing exercises and other exercises of my own devising to try and fix the damage.
After about two weeks, I finally ran a little during a period of 4 days. The ankle was still tender, so I let it rest some more. I have been resting it ever since.
Yesterday, a co-worker asked if I was still running and mentioned that he was doing a 5K. I told him I was taking a break because of my ankle, but after considering it a bit, decided I would run the 5K today. My ankle has been feeling as good as it normally did, so I figured I would just take it easy today and see how things went.
I felt good this morning and ended up finishing in 20:55. Not bad for almost a month off. The ankle feels good still, and I plan on resuming my normal running schedule Sunday. Well, I may back off the mileage a bit. I missed the marathon, and don’t have another planned for the foreseeable future. I may do more shorter races soon, however. It was fun getting back at it again today.