Yesterday, I set off for my long run for the week. I planned on doing about 9 miles, with some of them on the route for the 27k I’m signed up for mid-June. I was having a seriously stellar run. My legs felt great, it was beautiful out and the trail was fun! I was getting pretty excited for the race.
About a half a mile from where Soldiers Trail (the trail I was on, and the trail for the race) meets back up with the Urban Trail, my foot hit a rock wrong, I rolled my ankle and heard an alarmingly loud “POP”
While stating a lot of f-bombs, I immediately sat down, put my ankle on top of my other leg to elevate it and grabbed my phone. Jeff had the day off, but before I left for my run, he was going to head out to run some errands about an hour outside of town. I was simultaneously trying not to panic and freaking out. I called J and told him I had hurt my ankle, and I thought it was serious. By then it had started to hurt and I told him I thought it may be broken. He said he was turning around, would be there soon and was calling another friend to come get me.
I laid still for a while before testing my ankle out. I was about a half mile from the road and needed to get over there to get picked up. I tentatively tried to move my ankle and found that I could wiggle my toes and move it side to side without any major pain. Relieved, I called Jeff back, told him it wasn’t broken, got up and starting hobbling toward the road.
It definitely hurt, but I was able to get to the road and laid there with my foot elevated until Jeff was able to get me. Our other friend, was just behind him. I spent the rest of the day icing and keeping it elevated. Today, I’m doing the same. It’s not as swollen as it was yesterday, but it’s still pretty big and black and blue.
Obviously, this sidelines me for a while. I’m optimistic I’ll be back in my running shoes sooner, rather than later, but I’m also painfully aware of the fact that it’ll probably be a few weeks. Which means, the 27k isn’t going to happen. Depending on how quickly I bounce back from this, I may still try to race, and just bump down to the 13k option. Or, I may skip it all together and take the summer to heal and get ready for the fall races I’ve signed up for.
If anyone has any suggestions on non-impact workouts I can do, send them along! I know I’m going to go stir crazy soon. Pilates and upper body weight lifting is about all I can think of right now. Hopefully, soon, I’ll be able to incorporate some modified yoga.
Be careful friends! It’s amazing how quickly you can be enjoying a seriously stellar run and then next, be down and out on a dirt trail.
Any advice on healing quickly? I’ve never had a serious ankle injury before and am seriously bumming.