I’m postponing today’s “long run” because my ankle is giving me a little trouble. On Saturday the 7th, I was out in my yard in some slip-on shoes that have quite high heels. I stepped in a hole and turned my ankle. Afterwards, though, it didn’t hurt. My knee felt odd, but my ankle felt fine. So I went on my Sunday run, my Tuesday run and my Thursday run as planned. My ankle continued to feel fine until that Thursday run, after which it hurt a fair amount for about 30 or 45 minutes. Then it went back to fine again.
I thought perhaps it would be a good idea to give it an extra day anyway, but then last night, when I was more awake than asleep, I could feel some tightness and discomfort. So I’ll still do something today, whether it’s yoga or core strength or upper body, but I’m putting off my run and icing my ankle.
I don’t know how other runners feel, but I have a strong desire not to get injured, and am going to pay close attention to these sorts of things.
So today’s post is more of a progress report than anything. As I mentioned, I did my Thursday run as planned. I tried again for the 120s/60s run/walk split, but I wasn’t up for it and went back to 60s/60s after about 1.5 miles. It may have just been one of those days that I hear other runners talk about, or it could have been the unfamiliar path I took, or the fact that I was carrying a pack. I don’t think I like running with a pack. Or maybe I just don’t like running with my pack. It’s pretty big.
On my off days I’ve been doing yoga or planks and crunches, and I’ve just added in kneeling push-ups. As with everything, though, I’m starting small and stretching a lot, to prevent soreness as much as I can.
I did, finally remember to weigh myself on Thursday and I’m very pleased with my progress. I considered taking a photo similar to a Jared from Subway pic, but it’s hard to take that sort of photo of yourself, and my progress isn’t nearly that dramatic. I did, however, take a picture of two pairs of pants, which I will share. The light colored pants were unflatteringly tight on me at the beginning of June. Now I can take them on & off without undoing the buttons or zip. The jeans are in my current wardrobe rotation. The difference isn’t huge, but I’m pleased as punch.
In a few days, Jeff Galloway will be in town and he’s giving a free presentation that I’ll be attending. I’m really looking forward to that. And as of today it’s only 174 days to the marathon. I still think I can do it, but class will be starting soon, so we’ll see if I stay so confident.