Saturday my intention was to head out on a 20+ mile run at Afton State Park. We arrived at dawn, met up with our running cohorts and hit the trail. The first 3 miles felt really good, and we were keeping up a pretty good pace. Then just after mile three, on a relatively flat area of trail I felt my right ankle roll under me. I managed to catch myself before falling, and kept moving down the trail.
At first I didn’t think anything was wrong, but by mile 6, and a couple of downhills, I realized I had some damage. It didn’t feel too bad, but I didn’t want to make it worse. My big race is in three weeks, so I decided to call it early and walk back to the car. My wife met up with me a little bit later and we headed home. Once I got my socks off and took a look we both realized that it was pretty minor, just a slight bit of swelling of one ligament. I should be back up and running in a few days, but I’m going to take it easy until then.
I’m pleased to say that this is the first real running injury I’ve sustained in a couple years, and I’m happy to say it didn’t come from overuse. I’ve been really happy with my slower, and less frequent running plan, and how it’s treated my body. Despite needing to take a few days off right now, I’m feeling really strong and ready for my 50 mile race. That’s a win in my book any day.