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BRITOMART Posts: 7,449
4/17/12 9:00 A

As the others have said--let the healing happen. For the long term, it's the only way to avoid a weakened joint. For the short term, it's the best way to prepare for the race.

Do lots of mental training while you are off your foot. Think race, go through the motions in your mind...sound crazy? they've done studies that found people who thought their way through 20 minutes of lay-up shots were nearly as good at doing them at the end as the group who actually did the lay-ups. The mind controls the body, after all.

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4/16/12 5:44 P

Fran,

As the others have said, give it time, let your ankle heal and then come back and tell us your fantastic victory for Bloomsday (which I hear is a GREAT event...may have to put it on my bucket list).

If it is any consolation, about 1 month prior to me running the NYC 1/2 marathon last month, I developed a VERY tender knee to the point I could not walk on it. I took some time off, allowed it to heal and came back to run my second fastest 1/2 marathon of all time.

I wish you a SPEEDY recovery!

Coach Nancy

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4/16/12 3:11 P

Fran,

I'm sorry you twisted your ankle, but try not to worry. BABY that ankle for the next week. Give it a few days of rest. Don't try to start running on it too early or you risk making the injury worse than it already is. If it's tender, try to avoid any exercise. Put it up at night and get some ice on it to reduce the swelling. If it feels wonky in the morning, put a good brace on it for support.

This won't mess up your training schedule as badly as you'd think. Have you ever been in a race ? If so, then you remember how much of an adrenaline rush it is to be surrounded by all those runners. But you really have to take care of that ankle for the next week or two. and that means you might have to lay off any exercise for a few days just to give the ankle time to heal.

You shouldn't try to exercise while it's in the state it's in or it won't get any better. trust me, get some ice on that ankle and let it rest. you'll be fine by the race as long as you don't push your ankle before it's ready.



LISAWMI Posts: 842
4/16/12 3:08 P

So sorry to hear about your ankle! Injuries can be frustrating for sure! Give it the time it needs and you will be back at it in no time! Woo Hoo! Love that your fanny pack fits better! I have had a couple of those moments myself! Keep your chin up, this too shall pass.

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4/16/12 2:17 P

I was doing so good getting to the gym everyday even made it to the top in my city for exercise minutes. I was doing things at home. training for Bloomsday .
while doing yard work on Saturday afternoon
I tripped in a dip in the lawn and twisted my ankle! It was so sore on Sat evening I could hardly walk on it. Today itís better but still tender. I am missing my gym time its discouraging to have to take time off.
emoticon I know I have 21 days until Bloomsday so know it will be healed by then. It will just mess up my training plans. It spoils my woo hoo moment from Sat.
Before I fell. I went out to do my training walk. Decided to try and use my fanny pack. I had just unpacked summer stuff the fanny pack did not fit around me comfortable last summer WooHoo! it went around me and I even had to make it a little smaller as it was loose
Before I fell. I went out to do my training walk. Decided to try and use my fanny pack. I had just unpacked summer stuff the fanny pack did not fit around me comfortable last summer WooHoo! it went around me and I even had to make it a little smaller as it was loose
After my walk I got in the car and drove home only to find had still had the fanny pack around my waist and I didnít have any problems driving home with around my waist .
emoticon how frustrating it is to have a woo hoo and panic button moment all in one day ! thanks for listening and letting me express my frustration and keeping me out the kitchen grazing
Fran

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