Hey everyone. I just found this community. I am trying to get in shape for a 5k I have on november 20th. At first I was running 6 days a week. I would try to jog as long as i could until side stitches hit me, id walk and then go back to jogging for 3.1 miles. I would do this for 3 days. The other 3 I would jog to my gym which is 1.5 miles away and then lift. I switched that up due to a wrist injury and I started just running/walking 3.1 miles a day for 6 days. I had saw online that 6 days was too much for a beginner so I was going to switch 3 jogging 3 days a week. I jogged last sundayand tuesday. On Thursday I noticed one of my ankles is sore.Its on the outside right above the join. I ran with it yesterday. Is it safe to run through it? I am trying to not miss any running time since I really want to complete the 5k. Also what can I do to prevent this soreness from happening in the future? Thanks.
There could be a LOT of things causing your pain. Not sure exactly what it feels like, but generally a sore/achey pain is okay to run through. If it's stabbing or sharp then stop because you're doing more damage. Have you tried icing it? That helps a lot with acute pain.
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If you can run through it and it's not causing you severe pain seems to me it would be ok to keep going as long as it's not getting worse. I'm no doctor though. I have had back pain off and on and when it gets severe I take a couple days off but I keep going when it's only achy and sore. I find the exercise actually seems to help rather than make it worse. Whatever you do, don't stop altogether, keep at it!!
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I am growing slightly concerned as the pain hasnt gotten any better. If I take an advil or ibeprofin it takes the pain away completely. Ny comcern is the ankle is the same one that I sprained when I was a kid. The sprain was so bad it was treated like a break and I was in a full cast for 2 months. Icing it also helps. I thinl I will have to see a doctor. Also after this I need ankle support when running. Ill either get an ankle brace whem I wear my running shoes or I will run in my basketball shoes.
A better bet would be to start doing exercises to strengthen your ankles. Unfortunately I don't have a handy link to give you but I'm sure you can find some here on Active or on something like YouTube. Most exercises involve resistance straps or something like a wobble board.