Wednesday, August 10, 2011

The Boot: Day 6

Ah, the boot.  My August BFF.  Last August I was in a boot too - other ankle though.  I'm quickly remembering the 'rocking' gait you adopt in the walking boot.

So, my ankle.  Official diagnosis is a 'high ankle sprain'.  It's most commonly seen in pro athletes, especially football players.  This makes me a feel bad-ass.

The jist of it is - a normal ankle sprain is when you stress/sprain the ligaments on the outside of your ankle, near your joint.  In a high ankle sprain, you sprain that area as well as the area ABOVE your foot, where ligaments connect to your tibia.  No wonder it wasn't getting better!

The doc - after shaking his head at me and asking "What's so wrong with running on pavement"?  - said that if I had come in right after injuring it, he would have put me in the boot for 4-6 weeks.  So I lucked out there?

Now, I'm disappointed.  Don't get me wrong.  Of five races I signed up for this year, I'll have actually run two.  I was injured for two and will be out of town for the other.  Maybe it's a sign I'm not supposed to run races?

The forever-optimist in me is kind of happy this happened.  I've had trouble losing weight while training for the halfs, and I've been kind of, well, bitter about that.  I really want to finish losing weight.  I have about 40 lbs left to go.  I'd like it to be gone now, kthx.

SO!  While I won't be running a half anytime soon...I WILL be focusing on cleaning up my diet, counting calories (hi sparkpeople!) and running as an aid to boost weightloss.  Hopefully come next Spring I'll be in a better place to resume my training.  And yes, next time, I won't do anything quite as stupid. :)

edit: thanks Kerrie for reminding me to include the mud run in my race totals - can't believe I forgot it being as how that is where I injured myself.  OH BRAIN.  YOU SLAY ME.


  1. You ran TWO! Mud Run and See Jane!

    That's what I focused on when I got injured, too. I found it much easier to lose weight when I was not training. Whooda thunk it?

  2. What a bummer that you are in a boot! Focusing on your weight loss is a great way to take your mind off the injury for now.