A three mile hill run confirmed I wasn't ready, it was a test run before my physio. I went to the appointment, it seems the soft tissue has heeled but there's pain on the inside of the ankle when I run. This is on the opposite side of the ligament damage, the conclusion being this is bruising to the bone inside the joint. It's going to take time to heal so we tried taping the ankle to see if this would alleviate the pain and allow a slow return.
Every day walking is fine, but when I run it's the impact and pushing off that's the problem forcing my body to compensate. The ankle was taped and I attempted a run but aborted after 50 yards, the pain was still there. My physiotherapist advised another two weeks cross training before attempting another run, did I heed the advice? Nope.
Sunday saw Lynne and I head for Bennachie, it was time to get Lynne fit for the G24 in December. Lynne would run while I walked but once again I couldn't contain myself. It was such a beautiful day we ended up hiking and running for 5 miles, this was considerably uncomfortable on the ankle.
Wednesday saw a work colleague, Lynne and I head for the Braes o Gight, another denial run and uncomfortable eight miles with no lesson learnt. I kept thinking the next run will be the one with no pain and a return to normal.
And so to this past weekend, a recce of the G24 route in the Cairngorms and another eight miles, it's all I could muster as the ankle swelled up.
The Fling is less than three weeks away, I still have not pulled out but it's inevitable. I also need to heed the advice from my physio, lets see what this week brings.
Week ending 02nd April - Sun 05. Weekly total 5 miles.
Wed 08, Sun 08. Weekly total 16 miles.