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.