Walk, Don’t Run

2014-07-27I don’t know what the heck I did to my ankle on Thursday, but it’s still not right. I’ve been resting it a lot over the weekend, but after spending most of the morning watching the Commonwealth Games from the comfort of my couch, I decided that I needed to get out and get some kind of exercise.

The pain level is pretty low, but it’s enough to know that running even a short distance would be stupid. That being said, sitting around was only making it feel tight and stiff, so I decided to go out for a brisk walk.

I’ve been introducing walking as part of my training routine for the last week or so and, even though I can still feel a bit of a twinge while I’m walking, I figured that it would be ok if I wore my ankle support. I could easily slow my pace back down and head back home at the first sign of any trouble.

My goal was to walk at a pace of around 10 minutes per kilometre for about an hour, depending on how things went. And, as it turned out, it went pretty well. I managed to cover 7 kilometres in just over 1 hour 10 minutes without any significant discomfort.

I’m not sure when I’ll get back to my running schedule, but hopefully it won’t take too long and, if I can get a few long brisk walks done in the meantime, it shouldn’t have too much impact on the training overall.

Better to ease off now than suffer later, right?

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8 responses to “Walk, Don’t Run”

  1. Keith says :

    It’s best to be sensible and at least this way you can gauge how it’s going as you complete the walks. You’ll be back running in no time.

  2. artisticsharon says :

    Sorry to hear your ankle is bugging you…hopefully its nothing serious and you’ll be back to running in no time πŸ™‚

  3. Dr. Mom says :

    I think I might give walking a try while I rest my knee. Thanks for this post!!

  4. unsportywomencanrun says :

    Look after yourself, hope it gets better soon.

  5. osarah26 says :

    You’re right, better safe than sorry! Hope it’s better soon.

  6. abradypus says :

    Hope your ankle is on the mend – rest is definitely the best option.

  7. artisticsharon says :

    Hi Kirsten, I haven’t seen you post in a little while – I hope everything is ok…

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