So it looks like Iâ€™m going to have to pull out of this weekendâ€™s 10km race, the Teach First London run. Having got up at 5:00am this morning for my run it was disappointing that within 10 paces it was clear that my ankle is still not happy. Itâ€™s fine when walking, isnâ€™t swollen and only hurts if I press the inner ankle area, but it really doesnâ€™t like running. So it was back to bed for an hour, giving me time to ponder what to do next.
I really want to race on Saturday as itâ€™s a flat course and the weather looks like it will be to my taste, but if I had to choose I would rather be fit for the back to back trail races we have planned at the start of November. So I am going to be grown-up about this and continue to rest it for now and make sure I do everything I can to get it back to full strength as soon as possible. The annoying thing is that I am not entirely sure what caused it. I did roll one of my ankles slightly in the Womenâ€™s Running 10km race but I canâ€™t be sure which one it was, and this ankle had had some pain in the week leading up to that race anyway. Whether I rolled or jarred it in one of my training runs, or whether itâ€™s down to my work shoes (now binned as they gave me massive pain after the race) itâ€™s hard to say but I think now may be a good time to get my gait reanalyzed in case it is something to do with my foot strike. I was analysed a few years ago and found to be â€œnormalâ€ but I suppose things can change and Iâ€™d rather be sure that my trainers arenâ€™t helping to make matters worse.
It may just be my body crying out for some rest as well. Iâ€™ve just worked out that I have been running 3 times a week for the last 21 weeks, and this is definitely the most significant period of exercise Iâ€™ve sustained in a very long time. Fingers crossed Iâ€™ll be back on it soon as Iâ€™m really missing running. I certainly didnâ€™t think Iâ€™d be saying that when I started back in April!