Well, the ankle is doing much better. The swelling is down, it’s pain-free when I walk and only hurts a little when I do circles or I’m knelt down. Paulette told me that after her ankle twist, she took 10 days off. We’re off to Tahoe today and I REALLY want to run in Tahoe so I might try a little slow, easy shuffle at the weekend, but I’m prepared to stop if it hurts at all.
As ever, not being able to run makes me WANT to run, big-style! I see people out running and feel envious! It made me realise how much I love running and how ingrained it is in me and in my sense of identity. Clearly this is a minor injury, I don’t mean to dramatise it, but it’s been thought-provoking.
However, there is no pain at all when I walk, so after taking the weekend off totally, I’ve spent an hour on the treadmill for the past two nights, walking 4 miles. I thought I’d hate it but I’ve really enjoyed it – my legs feel fatigued and I feel much perkier! I’ve spent those hours watching running films on Youtube and I’ve found a couple I want to share.
1) The Runners
This beautiful, 11-minute film is based in a wintry London where the cameraman asks runners incredibly personal questions whilst they’re running. The honesty of their answers is really touching – particularly the guy with the sick Dad. Watch this, you’ll love it.
This 30 minute Eurosport coverage isn’t perfect (there are ad-breaks, including one incongruously for a Motor-GP) but the running and the BREATHTAKING views are astounding. I challenge you to watch the Average Joe runner* at minute 28 with severe muscle spasm finish the race, twisted like Quasimodo, and not shed a tear!
* Average Joe = not-a-pro! He is most decidedly NOT average.
I didn’t warm particularly to the guy in this film but the footage of Western States is so inspiring. If anyone’s up for a camping trip next June to go and spectate and cheer, let me know!
Hope you enjoy the videos!