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MDHillSlug2010-05-02 02:29:44 +0000 #1
I twisted my ankle during a 5k race back on June 16 and ended up with a moderately sprained ankle. I resumed swimming and biking last week. I'm supposed to be OK to resume running this week, but I have to admit that I'm scared; I'm afraid that it'll hurt or that I'll re-injure my ankle. I now have less than 3 weeks to my first tri so I know I need to get back into the running ASAP. I've never felt like this. Help!
Veronica2010-05-02 02:37:54 +0000 #2
I'm not a runner, but I am well acquainted with being afraid to do something after you have been hurt.

Can you do an easy 15 - 20 minute walk/jog with no hills or anything else stressful to ease you back in?

crazycanuck2010-05-02 03:08:14 +0000 #3
What about deep water running? Find yourself a dive area in one of the local 50m pools & get a water belt.

I'm about to get back into running but will do it at the pool where I do our group swims as i know there's a dive area. Our coach recommended it if we don't want to do running on land.

If you need any further info, pm me.

anakiwa2010-05-02 03:39:09 +0000 #4
There are some really simple ankle wrap/brace type things you can buy at the drug store (they're made of ACE wrap material but conform to the ankle). That might provide just a little bit more stability for running for a while so you don't feel as nervous.
MDHillSlug2010-05-02 04:26:24 +0000 #5
I've got ankle wraps and have been using them for walking and biking. The ankle has been feeling fine after biking and swimming and it feels OK if I stretch it all around on a balance board. All the signs suggest that I'm going to be alright but I'm still paranoid that the pounding of running will be too much and that my triathlon season is over before it has started. I just need to get out and do it, but I'm scared...
kaybee2010-05-02 03:05:35 +0000 #6
I second the ankle brace suggestion made by anakiwa. I also sprained my ankle while running a few years ago and, like you, was afraid to run on it again, but the Ace-bandage-type brace supported the ankle just fine. You may experience some mild swelling for a few weeks, but some ice should take care of it. Of course, if it hurts, I'm sure you won't continue to run on it.

Take care.

Velobambina2010-05-02 02:59:15 +0000 #7
I'm not for using braces, but I can understand why people like them.

Just take it easy. The doctor OKed it. Do a short, gentle run, and stretch/ice it when you get home. You're an overpronator, right? You got custom orthodic, if I'm not mistaken. Did your PT give you exercises to strengthen your ankles?

Rule of thumb---listen to your body. If you start running and it hurts, stop right away. Good luck.



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