Two steps forward, one (big) step back
Tuesday, July 23, 2013
I was delighted to run for 40 minutes on Saturday - the most I'd done since breaking my ankle at the end of January. As I was still feeling good on Sunday I walked briskly up a local hill and back, taking 1hr 25 minutes. This is far less than I used to do but I was determined to build up gradually and not cause any secondary injuries through doing too much too soon.
On Monday, still feeling fine, I did a Body Pump exercise class at lunchtime, including some jumping on and off a fairly high step whilst holding a 5kg weight in each hand. I'm guessing this was the mistake although it felt OK at the time.
A couple of hours later, getting up to walk across the office, I got a shooting pain in my ankle which stopped me in my tracks. Although it eased a bit, walking was difficult and hurt. However, I had to get home and that meant walking and as I hobbled along by the river, the pain subsided until I could walk properly again.
Great! I'd been due to meet a friend at the Leisure Centre and go for a run so as I felt OK again, that's what I did. Only for 20 minutes on an even surface at a gentle pace and my ankle was fine for the first two-thirds of the run. After that it started hurting again and I still had to walk home.
By the time I'd cooked tea, my ankle was throbbing even when I sat resting with it elevated on cushions. It kept me awake for a time last night and has continued to be painful all day. Sometimes not too bad for walking on, other times, walking is very difficult.
I went to doctor who said it wasn't the bone or any serious setback, just a frustrating blip on the road to recovery. It's good that I haven't done any serious damage but it's still very disappointing.
Just as I was beginning to increase my running and planning to fell walk and see my running friends! Instead I've got to rest, ice and elevate it and take pain killers and anti-inflammatories.
So, no running, no driving, no walking other than the bare minimum, which also means no swimming. A big set-back.
I'm going to have to be very careful with calories now that my exercise level is taking another nose-dive.
The Summer 5% Challenge just took on a new level of challenge!