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I really just want to whine because there isn't anything I can do other than wait this out. But strangely I seem to have a minor ankle sprain although I don't remember injuring it. A few days ago it felt tender, like it feels when you twist your ankle except that I never twisted it. I put on an ankle brace and ran. It actually didn't hurt too much when I was running, but felt much worse afterwards when I was walking. The next day I ran again - same story. I could run okay, although it was sore, but when I stopped I could barely walk. Day Three - same thing, Day Four (today) I stopped running after two miles because I could feel it seizing up I and hobbled back to my car. It hurt so bad!! I simply must take off a few days of running and I am NOT A HAPPY CAMPER!
I don't think this is a overuse injury from running because I haven't increased my mileage, distances, speed or anything else. I haven't done a race. The only POSSIBLE thing I did was one day last week I decided attack a steep hill on my route with a different method by toeing off and trying to use my lower legs to propel me up the hill rather than a normal running stride. My ankle didn't hurt right after I did that, it was a couple of days later, but that is the ONLY thing I have done even slightly different than usual. ??????
I guess I really just want to whine because it figures that the weather is gorgeous this week - it is cool and dry and sunny, perfect running weather. And its not like I can even walk instead of run because it actually hurts worse when I'm walking. WTH?
Sorry to hear that! Hmmm.... I don't have much advice, except to ask why the heck you would use your lower legs to toe off and push yourself up a hill~?! OWWW! It makes my long-since-healed shin splints ache all over again just thinking about it, and somewhere in North Carolina, Danny Dreyer (founder of Chi Running) is having an apoplectic fit! But seriously, I sympathize that you can't run right now. Listen to your ankle and rest it. Bummer.
Well, it seemed like a good idea at the time. The hill is too steep to run up it at a normal stide. It is fairly short (maybe 100 meters) and it seemed like that was an "easier" way to get up that hill quickly. I have pulled a hamstring on that same hill when I tried the tactic of sprinting up it.
I live on a hillside overlooking our town, and the last three blocks to my house are quite steep (as in, our vehicles can't always make it up when it snows). I get lots of hill workouts when I run anywhere from my house and back. The steeper the hill, the shorter your stride will need to be. Here are a couple of good posts in case you're interested! (and no, I don't know a darned thing about T'ai Chi but still get a lot of good info and visualizations from Danny Dreyer's descriptions.)
http://chirunning.com/blogs/frost/tag/pelvic-rotation/ (this is one post from a blog by one of the ChiLiving employees, Liz Frost, who really wasn't much of a runner but started training for a half marathon last fall. If you really have to take a break from running and have an afternoon to kill, read it from the beginning! She did a great job describing her training and her HM, which was a success.)
This one is a Word document that they use as a handout, evidently:
A few other thoughts - there's also a chance it could be due to a new pair of non-running shoes, or to an older pair that needs replacing. Or (cringe...) high heels, if you wear them, can also cause all sorts of lower leg problems.
Heart of the City Run, Los Angeles, CA, 24:13
Downtown Anaheim 5K, Anaheim, CA, 24:32
Claremont Turkey Trot, Claremont, CA, 24:20
The Great Race - Old Agoura 10K, Agoura Hills, CA, 51:12
Fiesta Days Run, La Canada, CA, 49:31
LA Cancer Challenge, West Los Angeles, CA, 51:21
Long Beach International City Bank Half Marathon, Long Beach, CA, 1:54:31
Nope, not the shoes. I'm on a fairly new pair - the same model I usually wear. Rarely, if ever, wear high heels.
I have sprained my ankle before and this feels exactly the same. It is like I must have twisted my ankle when I was unconscious and didn't know it!
I wonder if you just have a high pain threshold and did not notice a minor roll of the ankle. I have a darn high pain threshold and miss things that end up causing pain later. Things like walking over a curb and tweaking your ankle may not have hurt at the time, but swell and become inflamed later, causing pain you did not expect. I would venture to say something like that happend to you.