I am extremely clumsy and I have weak ankles, so when I started running I was sure it would only be a matter of time before I had an injury. Running injuries are fairly common, but it was something I wanted to try my hardest to avoid. I bought the right (expensive) shoes, I’ve seen a podiatrist, I don’t push myself too hard, I know my limits and I listen to my body, but sometimes all that work is no match for the sidewalk.
This past Saturday I was excited to go running and get brunch with my friend Ana in Baltimore. We chose a park in Federal Hill and then grabbed brunch at the delicious Regi’s American Bistro. It was fun except for when I sprained my ankle when I landed on the edge of a pothole. No fun at all. Luckily we were right in front of Regi’s so I only had to hobble about 50 feet to a outside table and enjoy a mimosa and brunch.
Brunch was delicious I got the New Yorker, which was a bagel with cream cheese, smoked salmon, tomato, egg and swiss cheese (No picture, because I am the worst at taking pictures of my life. Note to self, work on that now that I have a blog). Just what I needed, and by the time we walked back to our cars my ankle still hurt but was feeling better.
I spent the rest of Saturday trying to figure out whether I would run in the Baltimore Women’s Classic on Sunday or not. The Baltimore Women’s Classic was the first race I ever did so I have a certain affinity towards it and I was really looking forward to it. Plus you get a rose and a medal when you cross the finish line! I LOVE ROSES AND MEDALS!
My thought process went from “I’m pretty sure I can run the 5k tomorrow, my ankle doesn’t feel that bad…Well maybe I won’t run all of it…I’ll run until it hurts and then walk until it doesn’t…Actually, I’ll just walk the whole 5k….Maybe I should just sit this one out.” Ultimately I decided to let my ankle rest and not run the 5k, which I think was the best decision. It’s three days after my injury and my ankle is still bothering me, although it is definitely improving.
I always promised that I would be careful with my running. When things start hurting I don’t ignore it. I don’t want to form a healthy habit only to end up with more issues because I hurt myself and didn’t listen to my body. It was a tough decision, and I am definitely disappointed, but I think it was the right one. Besides, now I know my ankle will be strong and ready to run all the other races I have coming up this summer!