It felt like summer today on my 3.1 mile run, even though it was only 73 degrees. I headed out at 4:20 p.m. and thanks to Daylight Savings Time the sun was still plenty high in the sky. For the first time in months, I ran outside in shorts and a sleeveless running shirt.
And it rocked.
Except at .20 miles when I turned my ankle. Yeah, not so much rocking then. I took a different route than usual since I only had 40 minutes and I wanted to get in 3+ miles, and my usual route makes me wait at a major highway for at least 5 minutes (total, coming and going) so I thought I'd take a different road today.
It started out great, loving the sunshine and warmth and light wind. I knew the parking lot I was running through (to get to a pretty area where I could run in a park--I wasn't just running a parking lot) had cracks, but I didn't realize the cracks were quite uneven. Well I hit one of those uneven spots just right, and my left ankle turned.
I stopped, of course, and paused my iPod and leaned over and gripped the nearby guardrail and nearly wept out of fear I'd really injured myself. I repeated over and over, "oh please, don't let it be bad, don't let it be bad" and I rolled my ankle around and flexed and pointed my foot and tested my weight to see how bad it hurt. It was tender, but it didn't appear to be swelling and it wasn't that painful to walk so I decided I'd try to run a half mile and see if it was okay.
And it was. At least, for the 3.1 miles I ended up running. Now my ankle's pretty achy and I'm thinking I should have bagged the run instead. But I'm a runner, darn it, and I didn't want to quit just because I turned my ankle a little bit.
I'm hoping it wasn't a colossally stupid thing to do and I don't look back on this with a bitter laugh in a few days and think, "Well I hope you learned your lesson, missy. Just what do you think you've got to prove? Go home next time you think you hurt yourself, 'kay?"
After we got the kids to bed I put an ice pack on it, which unfortunately was 4 hours after it happened, but that's the best I could do. And it's wrapped in a bandage and elevated while I'm typing this. I'm going to ice it again in about half an hour, and then try to keep it elevated while I sleep.
We had a fabulous weekend, thanks in no small part to the fabulous spring weather that finally decided to arrive. I was wiped out after my run Saturday, but had tons of stuff to do so there was no rest for me. I started feeling re-energized by evening, and DH and I had a great time at the charity auction (we bid on and won a beautiful original water color painting from a local artist). Sunday I felt fine, a little stiff but not really sore at all, and today I could not wait to get outside and run in the gorgeous weather. So it's good to know the 10 miles didn't destroy me.
Speaking of those 10 miles, the inhaler has worked wonders. I can breathe again while running, which is a big plus. I felt super strong the first 7 miles and only started to tire on the last 3, which unfortunately were up some gentle inclines. I can't really call them hills because Evansville doesn't have many hills, but there is the occasionally elevation and I saved a long slow elevation for around mile 7.5-8, and then again around 8.5. I didn't plan my course--I just went out and ran (I love my Garmin)--so I didn't even think about making the hardest part the end of the run. Oh well. I still finished 10 even if I didn't finish all that strong. I was really thankful I could breathe the whole time and I also didn't end up with even one blister (I love body glide, too).
Question for you runners--do you eat gu or sport beans on 10 mile runs? I don't know when you're supposed to refuel. I didn't and I haven't on any of my long runs yet, because I didn't think they were that long. But I bet if I'd popped some caffeine or sugar around mile 6 I'd have felt a lot better for those last miles. What do you all do and what's your preferred poison? Many thanks in advance for your helpful comments.
I am trying my best not to eat anything else tonight, and so am off to finish laundry and read your blogs. TTFN.