I haven't run since last Thursday when I particularly struggled through a 30 minutes which felt uncomfortable around the ankle area. It wasn't a sharp pain so just thought it was muscular, didn't want to let the gremlins win telling me I was hurting more than I was. Big mistake!
Happened to be seeing the doctor on Monday about something else so asked him about it and fobbed it off ("runners get aches and niggles, give it a week and go for a run, see how it feels"). Didn't believe him and am certain I know the difference between 'niggles' and proper pain/injury so my boyfriend suggested (and treated me to) seeing a sports physio he's been to before about a football injury.
She was great, very thorough, but basically she ended up diagnosing some long thing I can't pronounce and saying it will be 4-8 weeks rest. I'm absolutely gutted as I was being careful the last month consolidating those 30 min runs and hadn't increased distance much at all. She said it was mainly down to my cheap shoes (I literally got the injury 3 days before my gait analysis, so frustrating ) so the moral of the story is have a GAIT ANALYSIS and buy PROPER SHOES to avoid injury!
So I'm feeling miserable that I won't be able to run for a while and worried about losing my fitness. Any advice on managing injury recovery and keeping sane/fit without being able to run?