If you’ve been following along, you may have read a little bit about my ankle problems. I thought that was actually all over, but I was apparently kidding myself. After 4.05 miles yesterday, I have found myself with the same ankle pain back again. Now, I think I know why.
Yesterday, as I was running, I was paying special attention to the way my feet were falling. The right one was doing a fantastic job. It was light. It hit in the mid-foot area. It came up. It felt like a well-oiled machine doing what it was supposed to do. But the left foot? It was not coming down as light or bouncing back up very well. The more I noticed it, the more awkward I felt. Fast forward about 24 hours and I am having trouble walking normally.
Incidentally, I had physical therapy this morning and since I knew I wasn’t walking right, I mentioned how my ankle had started to bother me again. After some discussion, he gave me an article I have read a few times before: The Once and Future Way to Run. In the article is a video for the 100-Up. I think I may have actually mentioned this before. Well, I have done the 100-Up a few times, but never stuck with it. My PT said I should start and keep going. With my new discovery on how my foot is working, I can see the difference between what it’s doing and what the feet in the video are doing. If I can get it right, maybe everything else will improve as well!
I wanted to go out for a little bit today, but I am staying in and 100-Up-ing instead. I can’t hobble my way through the Cap City quarter next week after all.