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6/3/13 11:19 A

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OK, if the doctor said "go on how it feels," then I will assume that he did not see any serious damage. That's very good news.

Having a high pain threshold may not be your best friend, however. You don't really want to run if it is truly painful. That's the body's way of telling you to stop before you do damage. It's tough when you are first starting out to tell the difference between discomfort (ok to run, just uncomfortable) and pain (stop running).

So be careful, but do start moving as soon as you can. I would do a lot of walking with running interspersed at first. See how it feels, as the doctor says.

Do you think you could swing at least one visit to the physio? Get him to show you have to tape the ankle (as OWL_20 mentioned) and evaluate your running fitness. If not, google taping the ankle. Right now, assuming the ankle damage isn't too bad, your biggest risk is reinjuring it while it is still unstable. That's a problem with ankle injuries -- the ligaments have been stretched and won't support as well for a while. Taping will help with that.

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6/3/13 10:48 A

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I saw the doctor the day after it happened and he said, go on how it feels. I have a fairly high pain threshold and I haven't sprained an ankle before so I have no experience with how it should feel before I try adding more stress. He did say that I could go to physio, that it might help. But hubby has a tantrum any time he takes any time off of work, and he'd have to in order for me to go to physio.

I just thought, you guys being runners may have some running specific advice since I imagine it takes a lot more to get an ankle ready to run on again.

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6/2/13 7:20 A

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Sorry for the injury--I know how you must feel! RIP is the key for ankle injuries (rest, ice, protection) when they first happen (and after a triage of other symptoms). But I have to warn you, while the ankle may feel relatively normal in a few days or more after initial insult, full healing--depending on the extent of the injury--won't take place for another 4-6 weeks. So if you're going to be doing strenuous training during this time, I would check with the doc first to get the go ahead then ask about sports taping and/or bracing. (I used to work with an orthopod in the service.)

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6/2/13 6:56 A

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This is how I look at it.....

The training is the BENEFIT to your health and fitness.... that is never LOST.

So, for me, I would check with my doctor to make sure I can restart running safely.
Then resume the training ....

The long term real goal is better health and fitness...
The race goal of a marathon is motivating, but that does not make you a healthier and fitter person.

There are always races....
There is only ONE body with which to enhance!



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6/1/13 8:24 P

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Pam, if you still have time to complete the entire training plan, then obviously all hope is not lost.

But (sorry if the following sounds harsh), why are you asking US if there is anything you can do to speed recovery along? We aren't professionals and we can't assess the nature of the damage to the ankle.

Have you seen a doctor? If you want to safely resume training as soon as possible, you need a realistic assessment of the nature (and extent) of the damage done. If you had more time, you could just wait and see, but the best plan for getting back on track quickly is not to be afraid to learn the truth about what you did (or didn't do) to the ankle. Hiding from it doesn't change it, it just makes it riskier. The doctor should be able to tell you what your risks are.

And once you know how long he/she recommends that you wait before running again, then we can help you figure out what to do with your training plan. I know you are upset, but I also know that you are tough and smart.

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The answer really depends on when the marathon is, and how your training has gone to date. Also, what kind of goal do you have - time goal or just to finish? I had a LOT go wrong in my marathon training. And I completed the marathon. I ran a LOT less than I wanted, but I finished. I'm thinking if 'finish' is what you're looking for, you can do it. Recovery, of course, is the ultimate thing you need right now.

I'm so sorry you sprained your ankle during marathon training! Definitely a hurdle to overcome. I expect others with more insight than I have will weigh in.

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6/1/13 1:08 P

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I sprained my ankle. First day after I needed crutches to get around, I couldn't put any weight on it.
The next 2 days I was able to walk around on it, only pain if I moved it laterally.

I have an emergency 2 weeks planned into my training schedule. So I can take 2 weeks off before my training would be cut short. I was hoping to use those 2 weeks just before the taper to increase my mileage a bit more before the marathon but alas, they will be used for ankle recovery.

Is there any hope that I can still make my marathon? Is there anything I can do to speed recovery along? I want it to be strong and ready and not make it worse and kill my chance of making it to the big day.

I'm feeling pretty upset. This marathon training was my stress relief and a distraction from something going on in my life that I have no control over and I just need to not think about it. Now that I can't run...well, you know.

Someday is today!


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