December 30th and all set for a 12 mile run with Matt Ferris on the Mountains-to-Sea trail around Falls Lake near Raleigh. It was a point-to-point..car drop off at one end and running to the other. The temperature was 39F and it was warming quickly. A GREAT day for a trail run. Leaves were on the trail from the fall and the trail is technical…but I’ve run it well over 50 times. So, 0.7 miles into the run when I heard a crunch followed immediately by incredible pain in my left ankle and fell to the floor grabbing for a tree to hold. Some random swearing, hobbling and grunting and I was encouraging Matt to continue running to the end and I would hobble back to his van and drive it to the end. That’s what I did…40 mins to cover 0.7 miles. Then driving home in a car with a clutch….ow,ow. The photo to the left is what I saw when I finally took my sock off. Into the emergency room, an X-ray to confirm only a sprained ankle and I likely have a few weeks before I can even consider running. That really screws up my new intention to run 1000 miles in one year. Crap.
For the time-being I am sitting with an ice pack strapped on my ankle and wondering whether I’ll be needing the vicodin tonight that I was prescribed…..