Saturday, May 19, 2012

Chapter 2 page 576 - In a blink of an eye

 WARNING:  2 GRAPHIC PHOTOS BELOW

On Wednesday night I was having a wonderful training session with my Spring Into Training group.  It was easily one of the BEST training sessions of my life.  I was LOVING every aspect of it - and then in the blink of an eye while running pretty fast . . . .I rolled my ankle off of the sidewalk and I.WAS.DOWN!

D.O.W.N.!

As I sprained my right ankle by rolling it off of a 5" drop, I supermanned (yes, I'm making that a verb) and got road rash on my hands and shin.  My left hand must have landed first as I sprained my wrist and it bruised almost immediately.  My left knee must have hit right after that as I got a lovely abrasion. 
Outside of right ankle about the size of a softball - taken an hour after injury while in ER - nice, huh!
Taken about 14 hours later
And just like that - the ER doctor said I wouldn't be running for 3-4 months.  Thankfully the occ health NP and my PT friends are more optimistic, but still think it will be at least a month before I can walk (not run) a 5K.

Problem?  Just 2 weeks ago I signed up for 4 half marathons this summer/fall . . . working on plan B for the 7/22 race and still holding out hope of being able to do the others (9/1, 9/29, and 10/22).  So much for that carefully crafted training plan that took hours to create . . . in a blink of an eye it can all be undone!

So . . . I'm doing a little better each day.  I skipped my 10K today (first DNS/DNF race) and will be taking it easy all weekend!

I want to give a quick shout out to all the Spring Into Training participants who quickly came to my rescue.  They were all incredible and generous with their resources - thanks ladies!!!!  Probably would still be out there on the sidewalk had it not been for all of you!!!!  ((HUGS))

Ever had a severe ankle sprain - how was your return to running afterward?  

17 comments:

  1. Thank you for the warning - my weak stomach appreciated it!

    I am so sorry about your fall. Lots and lots of hugs. I'm also sorry about the races - I actually made the same comment to C on Thursday night at Pump. Definitely keep me in the loop about 9/1.

    I'm thinking of you and wishing you a speedy recovery.

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  2. I heard about this (from Deb) tonight!!! :( So sad!! Glad to see you are on the mend!

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    1. Deb was quick thinking and awesome on Wednesday night - so kind and helpful!

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  3. Ouch!!! I'm sorry to hear that you got hurt and especially after getting your race schedule all squared away. You just rest now and follow doctor's orders and you will be out there again in no time.

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  4. knock on wood...not yet! Glad to hear it wasn't more serious...hope that your ankle heals quickly and you are stronger than ever this summer!

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  5. Oh, no! I'm so sorry - this just stinks all around. Hopefully you are healed up quickly!

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  6. Oh, no! That just stinks all around. I'm glad there were plenty of people around at the time to help you out. Fingers crossed that the healing happens quickly and you can still follow through on some of those fall races!

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  7. I have sprained my ankle....give it a week off for sure. Then make sure you tape or wrap it for support and start out slow again. I also live in Tommie Copper compression ankle sleeves post running. They really help my ankles feel better the next day.

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  8. oh and after all of your walks once you can put weight on it - Ice, raise and compression!

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  9. oh one more thing - ha ha!

    Ice bath it. I used to do that in high school to my ankles, bucket of ice little water and put the foot in. It hurts but it helps.

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    1. Oh Lord, I flinch just reading that . . . eek . .. .pansy sitting over here!!! Will try it though! Thanks for all of your advice!

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  10. That is NASTY!!! You poor thing I hope that it gets better really soon and it is not as long as they say til you will be back on your feet.

    STUPID ANKLE.

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  11. Oh man L, I am so sorry to hear about that. *lots of hugs* I think it was better to skip your 10k then to start it and not be able to finish. I imagine it wasn't an easy decision to make. But, if it was the frontier 10k - it was pretty hot and miserable if that makes you feel any better?

    That looks super painful! I used to sprain my ankles ALL the time, but it was before I was doing anything athletic so I unfortunately don't have much advice about how long it will take to come back.

    But definitely take it easy. I'd say give it a week or two off and see how you feel. Start out slow and just build as you can. I would recommend using KT tape or something similar for stability when you do start doing things again.

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  12. Oh no!!! I'm so sorry! That's such a bummer. I rolled my ankle once, at the very beginning of my training last year. It was no fun at all. I, luckily, didn't sprain or twist it, so I only had to stay off it a few days before I could run again.

    My degree is in music, but I would definitely say to stay off it for at least 2 weeks and see how you feel. Keep it supported and, when you do start getting back into the groove, some KT tape would be a good idea. (That stuff helps me with my knee when it gets out of whack. Love it.)

    All in all, FEEL BETTER!!!!!!!!!! *hugs*

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  14. My injury & pics could rival yours - broken fibula & tibia - 8 scres & a plate. It's been 5 mos of not running - ankle is still stiff but it's getting better...I hope to run soon............

    Good luck wiht your recovery.

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