New Year, New Plan, or Not.

I ran my first run of 2016 on the morning of January 5th with my wonderful running buddy Sara. What a great way to start the year off, get going nice and early and get back into routine. We were having a great time catching up on the holidays and cruising along and then I was on the ground. My ankle twisted, I landed on my knees, everything hurt and I wanted to cry. It was cold enough that I used that to motivate me to get off the ground and see if I could walk. Sara’s first comment, being the good friend that she is, was “At least your tights didn’t rip.” She wasn’t wrong. They were my expensive, warm, full price Nike running tights. I slowly stood up, with Sara’s help, and was able to walk slowly. I could tell my knees were going to be bruised and wasn’t really sure what was wrong with my ankle. We were thankfully only a mile from my house and I was able to run slowly back. Once I got inside and really took a look at my ankle and knees I knew I had really hurt myself. I was scared to shower for fear of my knees burning. I was limping around the house because any weight on my ankle hurt. I texted my dad at 6:30 in the morning asking if he was awake and had an ace bandage. I didn’t hear back from him until a bit later and I needed to get going to work. I found KT Tape and a video on how to use it on an ankle sprain. I bandaged up my knees best I could.

 

I didn’t get to run the Snow Fun Run in Lake Geneva. I didn’t get to run the Samson Stomp and I’m not running the Indoor Half Marathon.

Super fun to start the year with three DNSs.

I was apparently too cocky about not having been to the orthopedic doctor in over a year. I didn’t go this time, I used Dr. Dad, bust same point. I cannot believe how long a simple grade 1 ankle sprain takes to heal. About 10 days after the fact and feeling ridiculously lazy I went to spin class. My ankle was not ready for that. I didn’t even push as hard as we were supposed to, but my ankle paid for it and hurt that night and the next morning. I’m getting horribly impatient, but really don’t want to aggravate it further. Even if I am running again by next Saturday I have no business running a half marathon after not running for this long.

I guess it’s a good thing I don’t have a race I’m really training for until May.

Sometimes I wonder why I keep doing this.

New year, same old injury prone Renee.