Sprankled Ankle!

Just as things seem to be getting back to normal and my training/race plan for the rest of the year is sorted (10 mile race in mid-October, half marathon in early December) I get a setback…

During a long run last Sunday I managed to twist my left ankle quite badly (somewhere deep in Wimbledon Common, which otherwise is a beautiful place to run).  I was able to continue running – it was just a nasty twist but with no immediate problems (apart from me thinking, “ow, that was nasty!”.  I continued on with no real pain and managed a respectable 11 and a half miles on the day.

After plenty of R.I.C.E. (rest/ice/compression/elevation) there wasn’t a great deal of improvement so I headed to the local hospital on Wednesday for a professional opinion.  A physiotherapist saw me (I’m most impressed that I got to see a physio) and after poking, pulling and twisting decided that I have what is known as a Grade I Ankle Sprain (stretching of some of the ligaments on the outside of my ankle).

I can put weight on the ankle, I can walk, I can balance on it alright – its just that there’s a pain around the ligament that is damaged (the physio said there’s probably a few torn ‘fibres’ in there).

The recovery plan is to not run until I can comfortably hop around on one leg and it doesn’t hurt and continue to swim/cycle as I want to, but not too much/hard.  With a bit of luck I’ll be back jogging in a couple of weeks and will be able to increase the mileage from there.

Its frustrating in that I wanted to do well in the 10 mile race I’ve entered in a few weeks time (after being overly enthusiatic in the first couple of miles in last years race and paying for it) but I guess at best this will turn out to be a training/tempo run.  The 10 miler was always a stepping stone race towards the half marathon in December so if it doesn’t go to plan then so be it.

3 comments on “Sprankled Ankle!
  1. Duncan says:

    Bad news however….I did my ankle 10 days before the Thames Turbo Tri and ended up in West Middlesex having it x-rayed as they thought it might be broken. (I managed to fall off a pavement curb in twickenham while running, twisted my ankle and then had to catch the bus home!). Recovery for me was pretty quick I was back out running within 5 days (probably against medical advice) although only a little sore the ankle was still badly swollen and bruised. The recovery to get to the point of being able to run again seems pretty quick with this kind of injury, however my advice would be once you start running again on it be real careful…My ankle (6 weeks on) is still weak (maybe because I went out too early on it) and I occasionally go over on it. Avoid cross country style running, bridlepaths, rutted paths etc and stick to roads and pavements for at least month after. Good luck.

  2. Kieren says:

    Rest up young man!

    I sprained mine at cross country last year and compounded the inury in December’s Bedford half marathon. I had to take a week off work and it wasn’t right for over 10 weeks.

    All my own fault – caused by coming back too soon, wrongly thinking it’s okay to run on it if it’s only a dull ache.

    The problem with a foot injury is you can’t really rest it so even as it heals, you’ll still be pulling it. I guess the best clue to recovery will be judging it on how it feels each morning when you gt out of bed.

    Good luck with it

  3. Jason says:

    Really bad news, hope your recovery is going well?

    I’m sure you’ll be up and running in no time.


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