Tuesday, March 16, 2010

I Was Run-ning

So I kind of like this running thing so far.

I know, I'm shocked too.

Of course, in the first week of Couch to 5K I only run a grand total of 8 minutes per workout, but for those 8 minutes I like it. The only problem is, my ankles are KILLING me. I don't know if it's a joint thing or if it's because I have weak ankles or what. I'm hoping someone else knows what I'm talking about because Jason seems befuddled by my ankle pain. He said when he started running, the muscles attached to his ankles were sore, and mine are too, but this is something different.

I ran Saturday morning and again last night, officially completing week 1 of C25K. I almost quit mid-workout last night. I would feel ok while I was actually running, but when I slowed down for the 90 seconds of walking, my ankles hurt SO. BAD. I had to slow down my walk pace from 3.5 mph to 3.0 mph for about 30 seconds and hold onto the arms of the treadmill for a bit to take some of my weight off my ankles. By about the 4th running interval I was seriously considering stopping, but I talked myself into stopping after the 6th and then at that point I figured I was so close to doing all 8 intervals, I might as well finish.

My theory is that I have insanely weak ankles and until they get stronger, I'll have ankle pain when I run. Thoughts?

In case you're thinking it's my shoes, I actually have been fitted by a running pro who owns a running store for the correct shoes (my sister-in-law's dad. And he gave me a fat discount!). Last year I tried to run in my regular sneakers without seeing a pro and I definitely suffered for it. In a different way than this ankle thing, though.

The bummer part is, I am enjoying this, which is not something I ever thought I would say about a running program. I kind of want to do workout 1 of week 2 tonight after work. Don't worry, I won't. I'll let my sore bones rest. It's just annoying.


Deborah said...

What kind of ankle pain? Does it feel like the residual soreness you get after you twist your ankle? Are they popping more than usual? Do certain motions/positions hurt more than others?

But congrats on the running, and I really hope your ankles will cooperate enough to let you do it.

AnnekeS said...

I know it seems kind of obvious, but what are your shoes like? Perhaps you don't have the proper footwear, and you are over or under pronating, which is putting stress on your ankles.

Would suggest visiting a local running store and have them give you some advise. Good shoes are definately worth it.

Which reminds me, I need a new pair...

Kelly said...

Anneke, this is a key point I forgot to mention. I have been fitted for shoes by a running pro. I think I'll go add that to the post...

Kim said...

Good for you for getting out and running!!! AWESOME job! :)