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My Ankle: Part 1

I was a distance runner all my life- I began to run track in 7th grade and since 9th have competed on the varsity Indoor, Outdoor, and once my school got it Cross Country teams. The inside of my left ankle began bugging me last January, and I thought nothing of it. I just iced and continued running. I was PRing in my 3 events (2 mile, mile, and 800) and by the end of the indoor season my records were 11:35, 5:32 and 2:32, respectively. I almost skipped Indoor sectionals because of how bad it was getting and took the full week prior to the meet off from running (biked to x-train). I didn’t do fantastic, and didn’t make it to states.

I took another week of cross training to “let my ankle heal up” then came back to train for outdoor. My mileage was from 35-41 mpw was high considering most of the work was at Interval pace, Tempo pace, or Rep pace. I stuck my foot in an ice bath after each run and then wrapped it after. I went into school with ice packs strapped to my ankles and began going to Physical Therapy 3x a week.

On April 17th I went for my last “shake out run” before the first meet of outdoor track. It was my short 3.1 mile out and back loop and I felt for the most part pretty good. The next day I woke up with pain in what I thought was my 5th metatarsal. I completely ignored it, got to the meet and warmed up for the seeded 3000 m. run. I felt weird, like something was wrong. The air seemed thick and my stomach was really upset.

The race began and I found my pace and picked out girls to work on on each lap (as in pass). I wasn’t having a great race and kept trying to pass on turns- my coach was getting really frustrated. On the 6th or 7th lap I felt a weird clicking feeling in the side of my foot and my stomach dropped. I finished in just under 12 minutes then hobbled to the bathroom and got sick.

Little did I know that the injury that day would start a spiral effect that injured my other ankle, landed me in a cast the whole summer and had me on the verge of saying “yes” to an intensive 2 year reconstructive foot surgery for both feet.


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