Food, Fitness, Photography

Food, Fitness, Photography

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Easy mileage week ended with an ankle-buster

I was surprised to find that I was not at all sore after last Sunday's 18 miler, but I think my legs were a bit tired.  I wasn't really feeling any longer runs, so I took it pretty easy all week.  With a 10 mile race coming up I wanted to make sure I didn't overdo it.  By Saturday I was feeling pretty good, and started thinking that it might be fun to go for a trail run. I meant for it to be slow and easy, with stops to take photos.  Then Ben texted to say he was going trail running in Damascus, did I want to go?  So off to Damascus we went, to run 4 miles up a mountain on the AT and then 4 miles back down.  It was gorgeous out, and my legs felt good.  I was worried about busting an ankle, but tried to run as carefully as I could.  Coming back down the mountain both ankles were hurting from the uneven terrain, even without either of them actually being rolled.  And then I had 1 mis-step on my right ankle.  The same ankle I sprained really badly a year ago.  As far as ankle-rolls go, it wasn't too bad, and I ran the last 2 miles with no more mishaps, but being even more careful than before.  The ankle was sore, but it didn't feel like a sprain, and I figured it would be fine.  As the day wore on, I realized it was a bit worse than I thought, and I realized I would have to take a day or two off after all.

I took today off from running and did TRX instead.  My ankle is feeling better after it's rest day, but I can tell it is pretty weak.  I will probably end up taking tomorrow off as well, just to be safe.

This week : 
M : run 4.2 / 8:04 / 190 ft
W : early AM run 6 / 8:36 / 292 ft
R : group run 6.2 / 8:23 / 144 ft
Sa : trail w/Ben 8.2 / 9:44 / 1791 ft
Su : TRX 30 minutes abs/arms
total miles : 24.6


Appalachian Trail south from Damascus, VA
we crossed into Tennessee about 3.5 miles in, 
and turned around at 4.1 when we reached the top of the mountain

the view from the top

what's a gorgeous day on a mountain after a 4 mile climb without a jumping photo?

the state line

Ben heading back down the mountain




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