Listening to my body

I admit it.  My ankle does not look good.  The bruising is extensive – impressive and alarming in equal measure.  But the strange thing is that it feels fine.  Not “I’m being stoic and trying to play down the pain” fine*, but genuine “it really doesn’t hurt at all” fine.

Sure, it’s tender on the bruise itself, but only in an “I’m prodding a bruise” sort of way.  And yes, it’s a little sore when I do ankle circles, but it’s the feeling that you’d expect when stretching the skin over a bruise, not the sensation of stressing damaged muscles, tendons or ligaments.

So, against the advice of pretty much everyone who has seen the pictures, and in the full knowledge that if I go over on my ankle again in the next four weeks there will be hell to pay, I decided to go out on a little test run last night to see how my ankle reacted.

The answer?  Not very much at all.  After a little whinging in the first five minutes (I hadn’t loosened my laces enough to accommodate the residual swelling), my ankle put up and shut up, and the expected morning-after-the-night-before reaction never came.

Buoyed by the experience, I decided to risk today’s track session**, and by the time I’d finished my warm up, I was running with a smooth gait, without noticeably favouring either leg***.

I know that I’ve a long way to go before I can relax, and that any further ankle damage in the next few weeks could prove catastrophic****, but it’s a risk I’m prepared to take.  Because trippages aside, my body seems to be happy to run, and who am I to deny it?

* I don’t do stoic.  I will milk a paper cut for sympathy.

** Warm up, [1200m at HM pace, 800m at 10k pace] x 4, cool down.

*** I think.  Though no doubt any photographer worth their salt would have been able to capture the usual “hunchback of Notre Dame” shot.

*** Ligaments take at least four weeks to heal, bah humbug.

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A Bradypus or Sloth am I, I live a life of ease, contented not to do or die but idle as I please; ... [Michael Flanders and Donald Swann]
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2 Responses to Listening to my body

  1. plustenner says:

    take it easy xx

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