This week I am back after alittle break due to some ankle issues. I had to take a step back from running because about 2 weeks ago I completed a trail run and the next day my ankle was swollen. Not being able to put pressure on it I thought it may be a good idea to take some time off to let it recover. I spent the first week not running at all. The week after that I ran about 15km just to see how my ankle felt. There was still pain but no where near as bad. the next week I went back into it and finished the week off with 44km.
I have been trying to go to a few more trails now because I would like to get through as many as I can before we get hit by the good old Canadian winter. This summer has definitely been a roller coaster in terms of me running. Going from having issues with my hip/IT band to have ankle issues on my left foot. It never ends but that is the fun in all of what we do. I definitely do not want to say I am getting a better understanding of my body but I will say I am more aware of when I can push myself and when I need to pull back. The past 2 days I completed 2 longer runs. Both about 14km each. The first one was more flat with not much elevation then the next day we did a trail with a bit of elevation about 161m. After the first 14km this much elevation felt like alot. I struggled alot and the pace was pulled back because I could feel some pain in the knees and I was just going off on tired legs.
That is what I think alot of people need to remember is that during this time when we are not racing there is no need to push yourself to the point of breaking if you are only running for the enjoyment of it. For me I wont be racing until May 2021 (maybe) so pushing yourself to your threshold may not be the best idea. Its all about the effort levels and getting the mileage in. Personally I just wanted to put in about 40km this week because I knew I could get through it. Even though it was tough I knew I could hold an easy pace during this long run. But now I know I do need to let the legs rest so I will be taking it easy for a day or two because I know running tomorrow will be to much for me. That is about it for me, I hope that everyone is enjoying their summer running and getting in those good quality runs.
Stay happy, Stay healthy, Keep breathing