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Subject: RE: My goal of sub 4:00 1500-I will not stop until I reach my goal.
Well, since you asked...
I screwed up my ankle back in february. A week and a half before my peak XC races, I put my foot in a hole, and went over my ankle. I didn't run at all up until the morning of the race, when I was along to support my team, and decided 'what the hell I'll run anyway'. I was really fit at the time so despite the layoff and the dodgy ankle I ran what was probably my best XC race to date. I limped through a week, then ran another important race (team-wise), and ran well enough to qualify my for a third race - which was a pretty big deal so I didn't want to pull out. So cue another 2 weeks of limping (and antibiotics for a heavy cold), and in the last race I really did myself some damage (and ran really badly). I had to take over a month off after that, and build up gradually with a lot of cross-training - most of my problems were with the peroneal tendon - which runs along the outside of your ankle and is a pain in the ass if you manage to hurt it.
Since then, the tendon's improved nearly fully, but I've been having a few recurring ankle and achilles tendon issues - I guess my ankle was weakened and I didn't strengthen it like I should have. My latest problem occured when I strained the achilles tendon during a workout. The achilles was better after a week, but it seemed to set off this plantar thing, which is what's plagued me for the last 8weeks.
I've been doing a lot of ankle strengthening since though, as well as plantar exercises, so I think once I get this clear, I'll be free of problems. The ankle's definitely a lot stronger.
I know I must seem very foolish when you read this, but when you've got a team relying on you for a big race, it can hard to choose not to take the risks. Also, I guess it's in my nature to be impulsive and foolhardy. I'm quite physically strong and not injury prone, so in the past I've become used to being able to take a few risks with my body and get away with it. I'm thinking it's time I changed my mentality a bit.
Oh, and I'm a young 'un, I'm 24.
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