I was supposed to have started week 6 on Wednesday, but after the 20 min run my ankles were quite painful. There was no swelling and I wasn't limping, so I figured it wasn't an injury and just my muscles getting used to all the running. I took an extra couple of days of rest but they still hurt today. I decided to just go to the gym and if I couldn't do the podcast I would stop and do some resistance training instead. Well, I did it! The ankles did hurt, but never so much that I wanted to stop. And in each run about 1-2 minutes in I stopped even thinking of the pain...I just ran. I did the entire run, and found the last 5 minutes of running difficult, but plodded on.
I don't know if what I did was stupid or smart...I'll find out soon. I was thinking about weeks 1 and 2 when my knees and shins hurt but I kept running and I guess they got stronger because they stopped hurting entirely. That's why I ran today.
Today at least my ankles are hurting less post-run. I will give them some TLC and report back on Monday about whether I could do R2 or not. Thank you to everyone who commented on my last post with suggestions for how to take care of my aching ankles