Last Monday my left ankle was hurting so badly that I had to go to a medical clinic to have it looked at. I was thinking actually before going to the clinic that either the ankle or foot, or possibly both were broken, or at very least severely sprained. As it turned out I was suffering only a mild “hyper-extension” of the ligaments in my left ankle. I was instructed that I was to do NO RUNNING for 10-14 days to ensure it’s healed and ready to run my upcoming half marathon in Edmonton, AB on August 19.
After 4 full days of light weight barring at work and much rest and ice at home, I had a day off this past Friday. With my day off I went to the “Talisman Centre” (a world-class fitness, and aquatic centre) here in Calgary. I started the day off with a mild but good 30 minute ride on the stationary bike, followed by a strength training session. I then pushed the envelope arguably a bit, but luckily not too much by doing a five-mile walk on the indoor walking and running track.
Following the 5 mile walk, I did a 70 minute walk on the elliptical trainer. From there it was time for a quick and nutritious lunch before hitting the 50 meter olympic size swimming pool for some lengths. Lunch was a: Copa Banana smoothie, and Honey Stinger waffle cake.
After my lunch it was off to the pool for a combined 2 hour swim and hot tub session. Now swimming was something that as a kid and in my teens I excelled at especially in the freestyle, and butterfly strokes. However over the past 10ish years I had kind of fallen out of swimming somewhat, but I am determined to get back into form and with the dedication I have shown to getting back into lean running form I am positive I will be able to achieve this goal as well.
I have to say after that workout and swim, and a whole week of for me anyway taking it easy or at least kind of taking it easy my left ankle is well on its way to a full and speedy recovery, and already feeling much much much better, and am looking forward to it getting even better throughout this upcoming week.
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