Having stumbled out of 2013 and into the new year via “All is well …” and “Is all well?” I can finally use my exclamation mark with some confidence!
Following the last of those posts I took one more rest day, tied up my shoes and set out for an easy 3k. Running on alternate days I added further 6k, 7.5k and 12k easy runs and overall, though my ankle was still tender and didn’t like cornering much, particularly the first turn at the end of my street, I felt comfortable once I was warm. I made a point of focussing on my footing to ensure I didn’t confront my ankle with any twists or sudden changes of direction. Since that first week of 18 miles I’ve completed two further weeks of 29 and 31 miles and tomorrow morning will complete 32 miles for this week.
The last two weeks I’ve settled into my new weekly training schedule and successfully re-introduced a weekly tempo session. My ankle still isn’t fully recovered and this is most noticeable when stretching post run which emphasises that I still don’t have a full range of movement. After each run or two I can discern gradual improvement and having resumed running at about 92% to 94% recovered I think I’m now at 96% or 97%. Now the only questions in my mind are how close to 100% recovered, and how close to 100% fit, will I be for the Brighton Half Marathon on 16 February?
For the time being though, all is well!
On 30 December, anticipating my run the next day, I asserted “All is well …“. The ellipsis reflected my mood as I contemplated the following morning’s run hoping it wouldn’t be worthy of a post itself.
The next morning I returned home and my tentative state of mind appeared to have been just that. Three kilometres and I felt physically comfortable and psychologically relaxed to have resumed running.
Unfortunately the following day my ankle had swollen, albeit only very slightly, and was a little stiff and sore too. A further five days, making it 26 days since I sprained my ankle, and it’s no longer stiff or sore in everyday, non-running use and I’ll be running a gentle three kilometres again tomorrow. I’m aware that my ankle still isn’t 100% recovered, but I’m hoping that my psychological need to run won’t prove to be my undoing.
Will it prove apt to conclude this post title with a question mark or should it have been another ellipsis? I’d really like to return to my favourite punctuation, an exclamation mark, soon. We’ll see …
As of this post I’ve migrated my blog from blogger™ to wordpress™. As a very inexperienced blogger I doubt my reasons are as deep or well-considered as other users who’ve made a similar decision but, essentially I’m moving because I cannot cope with blogger™’s unpredictable – to me at least – text formatting.
No matter how carefully I copy and paste text, switch between “compose” and “html” views (the wordpress equivalents are the equally obtuse “visual” and “text”) I can’t consistently make all my text appear as I would like it. I’ve stripped out redundant html tags, removed all html tags and yet still blogger™ generates pages that casually change font style mid post regardless of browser. Given that I’ve made so few posts to date, this is my tenth, it’s been no big deal to migrate.
As a happy bonus the simple header image customisation option encouraged me to spend another inexperienced Photoshop Elements hour producing a header image from my finish at July 2013’s 10k at Battersea Park.