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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.
@ 5K: Ontario Mills 5K, Ontario, CA, 25:17
New Balance Palm Springs 5K, Palm Springs, CA, 24:32
Angels Baseball Foundation 5K, Anaheim, CA, 24:24
@ 10K: LA Chinatown Firecracker 10K, Los Angeles, CA, 52:15
Great Race of Agoura - Old Agoura 10K, Agoura Hills, CA, 51:40
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.