So I did run 3 on Thursday. My ankles were sore after (but not during) run 2 so I took an extra day's rest. They hurt again for about the first two mins of run 3, and I thought I might have to stop, but then the pain went. The run went fine, ran at my normal pace and didn't struggle for breath, so I was really happy. I drove home from the gym (had intended to go to the supermarket after the run but had left my purse at home). I got out of the car and in the five minutes I had been seated, my ankles had seized up and were really painful so I could only shuffle round the house and stairs were a nightmare.
What a come down!
They have improved quite a bit with the help of ice packs and moving seems to help too, though stairs are still hard.
I'm pretty sure that given the speed of my recovery it is nothing much, hence only being perched on the IC! I strongly suspect that it is my trainers which the Internet tell me are a cross-trainer - they come up quite high on the ankle and I bought them for Zumba to have more ankle support, but I wonder if they restrict my movement too much, I have another pair which I just wear casually, but are apparently running shoes (I bought them because they are funky and pink!), which don't come up as far. I'm going to wait until I'm pain free, do more stretching and ankle wiggling before and after running and try the other trainers - I might just do 8 minutes or so to see if I get pain. I might think about gait analysis too before picking a new pair.
Am hoping to be back on the trail soon, but clearly a time to be sensible. I can always keep my fitness level up with low impact Aqua until I get this sorted. My gym has been affected by flooding so I don't think I could have gone this weekend anyway.
Will report in soon!