February 14th 2011….The twinge factor

Session Time: 25 minutes
Distance Covered: 2.2 miles

Total Time: 3 Hours 5 minutes
Total Distance Covered: 13.8 miles

Well it’s been quite a weekend.

Having finished our longer session on Friday, I decided the best way to celebrate was to go out for a night of dancing on Friday evening…followed by ice skating on Saturday…and teaching salsa on Sunday.

Hello legs. Yes I hear you. Calf muscles are officially on strike.

Extreme amounts of exercise on consecutive days with no respite is not advisable. I get the message.

So this morning when I got up, there it was.

The twinge.

Not a pain. Not an ache. Just a funny feeling in my left ankle that said “Hello, I’m not entirely sure what’s going on, but I’m not feeling quite the way I’m supposed to”.


What to do?

Well training buddy queried whether it was an idea to rest for today, and pick up again on Wednesday in order not to do any damage and a little debate ensued as to whether it would be ok, or not. My body was saying “come on, even if it’s just a little walk, let’s give it a go”, so we came to the agreement that we would have a go, I’d set the pace, but if there was any change or it felt a little weird (or weirder than usual) we would head back.

So after our calf stretches (after the weekend they were needed more than ever!) off we went. Slowly but surely. Breath finally seeming to settle (Labrador seems to be pretty happy – no crazed post-zombie-chasing panting to be found here!)

We had a little jog, we had a little walk, we chatted and enjoyed the (VERY!) fresh air (mental note: must invest in pair of running gloves for preservation of fingers throughout this process on the cold mornings).

But mindful of my lesson from Friday (for those of you who don’t know what I’m talking about, see here: https://marathontrainingfun.wordpress.com/2011/02/16/february-11th-2011%E2%80%A6breakthrough/) in terms of listening to what people who know more about this than I do say, I was very aware of my ankle, and took it very easy.

More importantly when training buddy pointed out that I was favouring my other foot when we were jogging, I was sensible (Hey! No Laughing!!) and suggested that we headed for home.

So a shorter session, but a good one as when we got back my ankle seemed fine. Still a little twingy but no problems.

I think this is a good excus…ahem…reason to round of today’s valentine’s celebrations with a glass of wine and my feet up…all in the interests of getting my ankle back to full capacity as quickly as possible of course…

Another (more gentle) step closer x

About Claire Brummell

Founder and creator of The Universal Needs transformational methodology
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2 Responses to February 14th 2011….The twinge factor

  1. James Barton says:

    Running on consecutive days is really tough on the body.

    Two suggestions:

    – vary the surfaces you run on. Pavement is harder than tarmac is harder than rubber is harder than grass. Road running is much tougher on the joints and muscles than running through a park or on a trail.

    – before trying to run on consecutive days, get up to 12 or 15 miles per week, and start running on consecutive days with very short runs at a gentle pace.

    Keep it up 🙂

    • Thanks James – will definitely give this a go! 🙂 At the moment I’m only trying to do 3 times out per week, (Mon, Wed, Fri) to give my body some recovery time…just think it’s taking a bit of getting used to!! 🙂

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