Sunday, July 29, 2012

An Up and Down Week

This last week did not start out very well. I was on a planned 8 mile group run last Sunday and after a great first mile I rolled my ankle very badly. Without giving too much description here, I will just say that when I explained it to friends that asked about it, they always cringed when I described it--something which didn't make me feel any better about it! I spent the rest of the day icing, resting, elevating and compressing the area. When it kept feeling worse I was relegated to wearing a boot to give the area additional protection by mid-afternoon. I was starting to fear that there might be some sort of break associated with this injury and not just a sprain or strain.

 Well, by morning the pain was subsiding and it was getting easier to move around. I was still wearing the boot, generously loaned to me by my friend Karen, much of the time over the next several days as the injury continued to heal. From the point of view of a week later things are looking much better. The discomfort has lessened to just being a bit of minor background discomfort part of the time, and there was no pain or difficulties from the area on a 5 mile run today (The Sunday following this injury.). I'm still going to be mindful of allowing this area to fully heal, but at least I know feel like complete healing is going to be sooner rather than later.

By Wednesday following the injury, my spirits were picked up a but by a delivery from ClIF Bar! I had received my summer shipment as a CLIF Ambassador and got a few nice things.

This shipment included 300 mini CLIF Bars (200 Crunchy Peanut Butter and 100 Blueberry Crisp). Both are very good, though each has an entirely different taste. I also received a long sleeve CLIF tech shirt. Being that temperatures are around the 100 degree range this week, I will be sticking with my short sleeve shirt for a while but I'm glad to have this for when it cools off later this year. I also received a dozen drawstring CLIF bags and Chocolate-Peppermint CLIF Lip Balm to pass out along with my CLIF bars as I perform my Ambassador duties.

Finally, this weekend had another positive in store for me as I was able to pick up my packer early for next weekend's Bridgeland Sprint Triathlon. This is a big event with about 1,500 registered athletes and I have done this the last 2 years. I am looking forward to comparing my expected improvement with this year's time to the times from the last two years.
In the end this week had more up than down. My ankle seems to be well on the road to recovery and does not seem that it will keep me from giving a good effort next weekend at the Bridgeland Sprint Triathlon. Who know, it might even be forcing me to be better rested for this event. So far, next week seems to be starting out just fine as I am doing a lot of television watching, which is something I have not done much of for a long time. The subject of this increased viewing? The Olympic Games, of course!


K said...

So glad to hear that ankle of yours is doing ok! You are going to have a great race next week!

Amanda said...

Oh man, that boot picture had me worried. So glad to hear that the ankle is on the mend.

Keep it rested, iced, elevated and protected when you do workout!

Rae! said...

WOW!! Glad you didn't break anything. Sounds more like to pulled tendons.
Glad you week got better!