Injured Runner: 7

Not my lucky number. The reality of life is that you simply cannot skip steps.

Two weeks ago I posted about my ankle being better. I had been doing all of my exercises properly, gently, progressively. I was feeling great and so I ran, and it felt good. The problem is then I ran again, and then again. Thinking I had broken through to a new level and could return to my regular program. I was wrong.

After my most recent run I couldn’t maintain my ankle control for all that long. I reinjured myself.

I actually said it in my last post, that “So I broke my own rules.”

What a failure it has been. I feel like I’ve been set back to the beginning. The good news is that I have a team around me. I have several physical therapists on my team that I’ve been talking to about this. I have my initial measurements and my plan. I have a fully developed 6 week rehab program.


After my 6 weeks I can reassess and start back on the proper program to ready myself for the road again. It’ll start with walking.

I have to say: It’s demoralizing to have another setback and have to return to walking when that is simply not where I want to be.

Being injured requires respecting limitation. Not letting them define you, but respecting them for the time that they take and the necessary healing. There are not shortcuts in running.

If you plan to cut corners, you will end up in the 65% of runners who end up injured every year. I’m one of them. Most couch to 5k and couch to half marathon, and couch to marathon programs out there are riddled with cut corners.

The truth is I would never let a runner that I’m coaching do what I’ve done. I would be relentlessly on their case if they did so. I understand the runners mind and the constant battle of wanting more distance, and faster paces. It’s the hubris of the runners mind. My ankle is currently my nemesis.

I will respect it from here out. No short cuts. Never again. Everything gets checked off by my team members now. They measure me, they assess me. I cannot do this alone. I really don’t think anyone can.

Respect your current limits, so that they disappear. Find your team, listen to their advice. There are rules. No reason to break them. Following them makes you stronger, faster, and healthier.

See you on the road.

Sole Physio

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