I’m not sure where I left off with the ankle and what’s been going on with my running. At the beginning of the injury, I was very determined to get back to it quick. I followed my PT’s orders to a T. My mini goal was to be able to run the races on my schedule. I wanted to keep up with my training.
Honestly, I’m not sure what I was expecting pain wise. After the Atlanta 13.1 I felt okay. Not great, not bad. The pain was from the brace being too tight (PT and my conclusion). PT’s instructions were take more time off. So I spent last week a little frustrated because I felt like I was stepping back.
I was allowed to do a short run and I chose to head to the new Atlanta Beltline. I’m a big fan. I only ran 2 miles-again, wasn’t great, wasn’t terrible.
I called my massage/chiropractors office because they have the Alter G.
It wasn’t cheap-but it was worth it.
To explain how it works:
You basically step into compression shorts with a zipper attached. Step onto the treadmill and zip yourself in.
Turn the machine on, and let it calibrate your weight. You feel like you are blowing up a little bit.
You are then able to adjust how much body weight you want to use. The chiro recommended for me to start at 80% and run for 30 minutes.
It was great! Pain free running! I went back again this past Monday and I ran around 5.5 miles and was able to pick up the pace a bit. The machine is quite smart too-I was hoping to burn tons of calories after my weekend of no running and just eating, but you burn less because you use less effort (obviously).
I have been dying to get outside again and run. The weather has been great and I have the Runners World 1/2 marathon this weekend. Luckily, I made plans a few weeks ago to meet up with #NUUNHTC teammate Megan, who was in town for work.
We did a 5 mile loop at Chastain Park this morning. No ankle pain, more brace pain (and crappy lungs and dead legs to be honest) but it was great to get to catch up with her. I love internet running friends!
I will have a group run Friday morning with Runners World and the PT suggested going without the brace to see how it does. If I’m okay-attempt the 1/2 without it. She’s concerned that the brace is constricting too much and could end up causing a fracture or something along those lines. So we will see.
That’s where I stand. Still no real “plan”for running. Each week is a just “see how it feels week”. I am hoping for a decent 1/2 marathon this weekend-very similar goals to 13.1. Do my best, finish, etc. If I can pull out a sub 2 again that would be great-but I am not getting my hopes up.
I miss being able to actually loosen up and let go on my runs. I am mentally struggling with getting past the injury, trusting my rehab, and getting to the point where running was REALLY fun. I hate concentrating on my ankle. Crossing my fingers for a successful running weekend!
If you’ve been injured-how did you overcome the mental challenge of getting back into it? Trusting your body again?