I have a new routine. I put on running kit and head out for a test run. Ankle pain shows up right at the start, struggle through whatever mileage I decided to do (anything from 2 to 5 miles), leave it for another week and repeat. It's the same every week, I have no expectations, medial pain makes it's appearance as soon as I strike off to run.
My right leg has thrown the toys out of the pram. It's the weak leg and I've asked it to step up to the mark and get me running again. Fat chance, it now complains along with my back muscles. I have no running form and as for core strength? that fled the sinking ship long ago.
The 3 miles home from my work has become a chore, I've finished the D33 in better shape than my commute, stumbling through the door broken, wheezy and sore. 11:40 minute miles was my average pace during a recent 5 miler and that was as fast as I could run.
I've turned alternative and wear a magnet inside my sock. I take glucosamine tablets to speed up the healing. I don't think I have been rehabilitating the ankle enough, a few exercises now and again has not been sufficient. I use an elastic band and wobble board every now and then and have started exercises to strengthen the tibialis posterior tendon after consultation with doctor Google.
On the plus side I have marshaled, both at the Highland Fling and Cateran. Missing my favorite ultra was painful but Karen and George allowed me to join the team last minute where I had a great weekend helping out.
Future events - needless to say, my East to West challenge is out the window, for this year anyway. Looks like I'll have to withdraw from the Hardmoors 60 in September which is disappointing. Not getting back to running means there's no way I have time to get fit enough for the 60. Both Lynne and myself are signed up for the Glenmore 24 and if I'm still the same? sod it, I'll walk it instead.
The Glen Ogle 33 opened at the weekend, I entered it to give myself a target and inspiration to get training again. I would also like to get back to the Cateran and run the 55 miles solo which may well be mid winter, here's hoping.