Wednesday, March 28, 2012
I've done a couple of sessions of electrical stimulation on the ankle at my favorite running store, Laces Running, in the Poway-Scripps area of San Diego.
I can't definitively say whether or not it helped accelerate recovery or if it was just a placebo, but either it works or my sprain wasn't as bad as I initial feared. Because I'm all but ready to run on it again, especially when taped. I have full mobility and no pain. I haven't fully tested it with impact drills, but I have tried skipping rope, light short-duration jogging, some burpees.
I'm still committed to avoiding the run until this weekend, if only because I made a promise to myself that I would, and it forces me to emphasize cross training options before I revert back to a run-centric regimen. But I think it's time to stop fixating on the injury and its associated recovery, and instead start to look ahead at catching back up on the training schedule. I might even plan a goal-marathon-pace medium run for late Sunday or early Monday after the 5K. I'm really curious to see if my running conditioning has lapsed much. Honestly, it doesn't feel like it has. The elliptical and the pool training has me feeling pretty "springy."
I'm still intending to tape the ankle moving forward as a preventative measure against re-injury, seeing as how this left ankle issue appears to be chronic. I can imagine that after awhile I'll get lazy and not want to take the time, though I've gotten pretty good at applying the tape in about 5 minutes. I haven't found a wrap that provides the same level of security without causing running discomfort.
(Up at 4AM blithering away on SparkPeople. Sheesh. Woke up around 3:30 for no reason and felt wide awake. What's up with that? Going to pay the piper about midday, I'm sure.)