Every taper or big race it seems like something goes wrong. I trained really hard for a half marathon back in march and was hit by a motorcycle jogging to the start (I was fine but my head wasn’t really in the game during the race and it really scared me). Last CIM I hurt my hip the week before and today… well today I rolled my ankle on a stupid 5 mile run.
I’m at my mom’s and was running on a dirt trail in the huge park that’s around here. I was just running along, not paying very close attention to my footfalls and I think I stepped on an acorn just wrong and went down. I figured it was the kind of ankle roll that feels better if you run it off so I did (and I actually had a decent run) but now that I’ve stopped it definitely hurts. I am certainly not happy about this but it’s my own fault for not paying better attention.
The good news is that it’s not swollen or bruised too badly and it’s definitely not broken… and I guess I have my one thing to obsess about between now and the race… it just underscores the need to be very, very careful between now and Sunday.
Speaking of careful, I’m not one to take germs very seriously. I have a decent immune system and am sort of of the “God made dirt and dirt don’t hurt” school of thinking. Whatever the opposite of a germaphobe is, I’m that. But the last week or 2 I’ve actually been using hand sanitizer and telling people to stay away. No sickness, please.
Other than that, tapering continues to go well I guess. I mean, I’m not running very much… my legs feel pretty fresh (other than the stupid rolled ankle) and I totally feel like I’m getting out of shape and bloated which is part for the course.
Tapering during Thanksgiving is hard though! Everywhere I look there’s food (even though I don’t like Thanksgiving food I do like dessert and that keeps appearing) and good wine and I feel like a freak for constantly saying no. But that’s ok because in 8 days my all cookie, beer, wine and burrito diet begins!
Anyway, 8 days. Weather is looking solid, outfit is planned… just need to get this ankle back to 100%.
Finally, some photos from the turkey trot in Davis. If you thought I was kidding about being in pain, these should convince you otherwise.