I rested the ankle since I've been home. I was itching to run just a few days after being back and I FELT like my body was completely recovered. But I know better than that. And the ankle didn't need the impact of running. So, I
"exercised" restraint and didn't run at all. I should have crossed trained, but didn't, feeling like I was in an all-or-nothing mode. I enjoyed the break, had so much extra time to catch up and even relax.
I meant to run Saturday but got distracted with errands and other excuses. But Sunday I laced up my shoes and tested the ankle on an easy 5-mile run. I felt great but was yet wary of the ankle because now I've got that PTSD thing going on again. It took me 2 years to get it under control after my surgery. See, it's not usually the rocky trails that give me trouble; it's the darn relatively flat forest service roads or similar where I take my eyes and concentration off the ground. That's where I usually bite it. But everything was fine yesterday and it feels no worse today. There is yet some achiness, but it's healing nicely. I can return to running gradually and continue my ankle range of motion, strengthening, and proprioception exercises that I know so well.
Mother Road is unfortunately no longer in the cards for me, but ATY definitely is!
Locusts: Part Two
4 weeks ago