Happy Thursday peeps. I had a fantastic run this morning. Truth be told it would have been more fantastic if it hadn’t been sleeting out and I had been able to actually run outdoors. But I digress.
For the past several weeks I’ve had a nagging pain in my left ankle. It’s happened before and it feels almost like a really tight tendon….. an excruciatingly painfully tight tendon. If I can run through the pain it eventually goes away around mile 3. While I’m always thankful once the pain goes away, I wish I could figure out how to make it go away without experiencing it for those first three miles. On Tuesday, I ran in my neighborhood. First two miles were atrocious. I stopped walked a bit and started running again. Zero pain. In fact not only did I have zero pain, I also was hitting a 9:00 min pace right on the nose. Those last three miles were great. What the heck?!
This morning I started my run as I do all of the others, just waiting for the pain to commence. Around mile 3 I realized that I had no pain. Not only did I have no pain, but I hadn’t had any pain. The run felt liberating and without pain I realized that I was actually fully enjoying what I was doing. I stopped to grab water and set back out to do another 2 miles as I had 5 in my sights for the morning.
As I was finishing up another 22 laps around the indoor track, I realized that this run was feeling good enough that I might as well put in another mile for good measure. So I did! Honestly, if I hadn’t needed to get ready to go to work, I could have kept going. It felt that good to be pain free. So hears to hoping that I may have worked this out for now. And that is how 5 turns into 6.
I’m closing today by saying that I’m ready. I’m ready for a rematch, a do-over…….. with the marathon. Game on.