The Toronto Waterfront Marathon is now less than three weeks away. Unfortunately I have yet been able to run since spraining my ankle two weeks ago. As a result, my status for the marathon is still unclear.
However, there is still reason for optimism. My recovery is progressing and I have been biking for the past week now including two efforts at the hotel gym while I was away for business and a one hour effort tonight.
If all goes well I should get the green light to resume running. That will really be the key in determining whether I run in Toronto on the 14th. At this point my goal is really just to get myself to the start line. If I can do that it will be a victory in itself regardless of my finishing time.
For now I will continue to keep up with the exercises for my ankle and with the biking to maintain my cardio. The best scenario would be that I receive the green light to resume light running later this week.
A week has now passed since I sprained my ankle playing soccer. After a week of rest and a couple of physio appointments I am starting to make progress in my recovery. Hopefully this week will show more signs of improvement.
So far the swelling has gone down in my foot although some swelling remains in my ankle. I have also managed to stay disciplined by going through my list of physio exercises at least a couple of times per day.
Tomorrow I plan to bring an ice pack with me to work. Being able to ice my ankle a couple more times than I have been each day should help deal with the swelling I my ankle. Fortunately I have a job where I am at a desk for most of the day and can do this without affecting my work.
Tonight I also managed to get in my first cardio workout since the injury after getting the green light at physio this morning. Although it was just a short and easy bike ride it felt good to be moving again after a week of inactivity left me feeling restless. Since did no feel any pain I now planning to try and fit in bike rides tomorrow and Wednesday.
I still have a long way to go before I can get back to running but at now that I am back to doing some cardio it should not be too much of an adjustment once I get back to running.
Have you experienced long layoffs from running?
Week 12 was supposed to be one of my last weeks of heavy mileage. It started off as planned with my final 32 km run on Monday. Unfortunately the week quickly went downhill from there as a result of a sprained ankle which has definitely ended my participation in next weekend’s Army Run.
My status for the Toronto Marathon is currently up in the air. I started physio on my ankle this morning and the best case scenario is that I will recover in time to run, albeit with a revised goal in mind. However, recovery for the type of ankle sprain I have generally takes 4-6 weeks. With the marathon exactly one month from today it is possible that I might not be ready to run in Toronto.
At this point I don’t know I will be given the green light to run again although it sounds like I will be able to start cycling next week which will be a welcome change because I am already starting to get restless after four days of complete inactivity and rest.
Up until now I have been lucky to avoid injury since I started running six years ago. My only previous injury was an it band issue that was quickly resolved after a few physio sessions four years ago. I have trained for six other marathons and managed to avoid injury.
For now I am trying to stay positive. I am disappointed to be missing the Army Run next weekend but for now at least there is still hope that I will recover in time for Toronto and that is enough to keep me in a positive frame of mind.
How did your training go this week?
I have not posted since Monday’s post about my injury because I was trying to keep my mind off of running since I did not know how it would impact my running. This morning I saw my doctor in order to find out how bad my ankle is.
It turns out that my ankle is sprained and there is likely a tear to one of the ligaments. Fortunately for me my doctor wants to be aggressive in treating it because I run. The next step is physio which starts tomorrow.
The immediate impact is that it means I am not longer pacing the Army Run half-marathon. While I am disappointed in the outcome because this is a local event I look forward to every year I knew it was a likely outcome when I wrote about my injury the other night.
It still remains to be seen how the injury will impact my plan to run the Toronto Waterfront Marathon. Right now i am hopeful a few weeks of physio will have me in shape to still run albeit at a slower pace than I planned. Soon enough I will have a better idea if that will be possible.