It’s a brand new year and with it comes a brand new ankle injury. Two of them, technically. They also are technically not new because there isn’t an old ankle injury. I’ve never had ankle problems other than a lack of dorsiflexion. Not a sprained one, not a broken one, nada. Yes, I’ve had the step in a hole, trip over something tugs and pulls but nothing has lasted more than a few hours or stopped me from doing anything.
Unfortunately, I’m currently stopped from doing something. My goal to get better at pistols has meant working on calf and Achilles tendon flexibility by doing this stretch. It’s been effective at stretching the posterior side (back) of my leg and, apparently, equally as effective at crunching the everything between both my right and left side talus and tibia. Put that daily dose of squishing together with eight hard miles of speed work on pavement in light shoes Friday and I’m not surprised to be dealing with a bit of anterior ankle impingement on both sides. Oh, hey, new ankle injury! I am, however, hoping it will heal quickly. As in ‘before Wednesday’.
I have strength training scheduled today and tomorrow with rest on Tuesday. Wednesday is my next scheduled run and I’d like to be able to actually run it. I stretched after that tough session Friday but had a little pain and stiffness in both ankles at the start of my scheduled 13 miler yesterday. I thought I’d be able to get my blood moving, stretch the legs and run out of it. I was wrong. My legs were doing fine but my ankles wanted no part of it, even in more supportive shoes. Because I don’t actually want to be injured, I quit the run after 2.5 miles and called it a day.
With a semi-serious goal to break 1:40.00 at Rock n Roll Arizona, last week’s 15 miler under my belt, two weeks and one ten miler to go, I’m OK with skipping this long run. Hopefully a light Saturday run, three days of massaging, anterior ankle stretching and sticking to straight leg posterior leg stretches will help me quickly shake this new ankle injury and get back on track.
What do you do when you get a new ankle injury? How did you recover?