A Wrench in the Works

I used to be a pretty serious runner, and I still try to stay in shape.  I probably hover somewhere around 20 miles a week.  Every once in a while, I work my way up to 30 or so, but it’s been a while.  It’s not quite like college when I used to log 50 to 70 miles a week, but my activities and priorities have changed. 

So I was training for the PsychoWycho trail run in December and January.  We had a couple of crazy weeks, with frequent freezing rain, but I was loving my YakTrax and new NorthFace Ultra Gore-Tex XCR trail shoes.  (Unfortunately I wore through the YakTrax in only two weeks, but that’s not the point.)

Once the ice subsided, and waterproof shoes weren’t desired, I broke out my other new kicks: a pair of New Balance MR 846 trainers.  Well, at least I thought they were light-weight trainers.  A couple of weeks before the PsychoWyco I went for a short run over lunch and then another shorty with the dog before dinner. 

My left inner ankle became a little sore after that second light run.  Being the genius that I am, I continued unabated.  I ran a 13 miler that weekend and barely made it through.  My ankle was swollen and began to bruise (never a good sign during a run).   Continuing my good decision making, I still ran in the PsychoWyco.  I at least had the foresight to drop from the 20 mile distance to the 10.  I barely survived the 10. 

The race was on February 9th.  I am only now into my second week of regular running.  It’s still sore and probably won’t support much over 4 miles at a time.  (I’m not going to find out any time soon.)  More on the injury and cause later.


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