I originally said a few days ago that my ankle didn’t hurt after I ran on Saturday. And really, it didn’t. But for some reason in PT on Tuesday, it was bothering me. It was discouraging. I really haven’t been in any pain in several weeks and I was/am a bit mad at myself for overdoing it.
My PT reassured me that I didn’t make it worse. That this is normal and it will happen again and probably often. Ice is the key to “fixing” it. Her direction for this week is no running until the race. Yes, I have a half marathon on Sunday. You probably think I am crazy, right?
I don’t want to NOT do it. I have been talking about the Atlanta 13.1 race for several months and it was originally (pre-ankle sprain) going to be a goal PR race for me. I obviously know that isn’t an option. But doing it is. Yes, I have the PT’s approval here too.
Here is where I struggle. I have never toed the line injured. I have never put myself in the back of the pack and I have never run a race where I couldn’t push myself or run the entire time (not counting Goofy Challenge). I’m not sure I know how to-it’s not in my nature. I know I am going to have to though. But I don’t have a plan. I actually have no idea how to approach it.
Do I make a run/walk plan? Do I try and keep it around a 9:30-10:00 pace to be slow enough to actually watch the ground (and react if necessary) where I am running? Or just wing it and hope for the best and live in an ice bucket Sunday afternoon? Other ideas?
HELP!! What would you do if you were in my shoes??