Today I was scheduled to run 15 miles. I was a bit nervous but also excited- it would be my longest run ever. However, on Thursday during my workout and run my left ankle bone felt bruised and kind of achy. I figured it would go away and be fine after a day of rest since my right ankle bone felt the exact same way last week then felt fine after a day or two. I have found that I get odd aches and pains in my feet while running in my minimalistic shoes, which I assume is normal as my feet build their strength and adjust to them.
So I rested yesterday, staying off of my feet as much as possible. I carb loaded appropriately with a bagel, oatmeal and a pb and j sandwich throughout the day. I convinced myself it was slowly feeling better. I would poke it, rub it...checking to make sure it was less tender than an hour ago. When I went to bed I was convinced it was going to magically heal in the next 8 hours and my run was going to be amazing. My route was planned, the weather was good, my carb loading was in place- surely my body would not let me down!
I woke up this morning and stepped out of bed. It didn't hurt, so that was good. I ate my standard meal prior to running farther than 10 miles- a cliff bar with peanut butter and a banana and a couple shots of espresso. Hey, I have a sensitive system so why mess with something that works right? As I sat there poking at my ankle bone I remembered one of my New Year's resolutions- listen to my body to prevent injury. Right. No french fries, no candy...and today- no running.
To say I am disappointed is the understatement of the year. But I am hoping it really is just like the other ankle bone and feels 100% tomorrow (in which case I will do my run). Otherwise I will just rest until Tuesday and resume my training schedule from there. Better safe than sorry, I would definitely rather miss one run then chance having to take a week or more off. I am not going to lie. I have had the urge to throw my gear on and head out the door about 20 times this morning. I fought the urge each time, which is probably why I am still in my pj's while I type this. I didn't want to get too close to my workout clothes!! I was finally able to finish one of the books I have been reading though. All morning I kept looking at the clock thinking about where I would be if I was out running. I have issues. But I listened to my body and it said don't run today. Fine. Today the ankle wins, but hopefully tomorrow- I win.