So I've been out for something approaching two weeks now following week 5 run 3 after my ankles ballooned and got very painful from (I think) tendonitis, because of wearing the wrong type of shoes. I tried to go again last week but it was too early and I lasted 90 seconds into the 5 minutes run at the beginning of Week 6 run 1 before the ankles screamed and I limped back home and tried to be patient.
Today I woke up without pain for the first time, plus the shoe issue is sorted, so decided I would go to the gym and walk on the treadmill (where I usually run anyway) to see how I went. I took Laura with me just in case and after 5 minutes brisk walk and no pain, I did the first 5 minute run of Week 6 run 1 with no problems. Great, I think - spoke too soon as my right ankle started hurting after a couple of minutes of the 8 minute run. I slowed to a walk after 4 minutes, and the pain eased almost immediately, so I cooled down properly and stretched. Ankle is now swollen so have iced and kept wiggling it, but I don't think I have damaged it further as it is no worse than after my first teaching day on Monday, when I was standing a lot and had to dash between buildings. I guess I will know tomorrow morning for sure when I get up.
So the negatives - I'm not ready to jump back in as though nothing has happened
I will have to be patient a little longer, and I am really bad at that
But the positives - I still ran for 9 minutes and was pretty much OK apart from the ankle.
I haven't lost my motivation despite teaching starting this week.
The new shoes are great - left foot felt fine and I can feel that I am getting support in the right places and not the wrong ones. I'm sure I would have lasted less time than I did without them.
I'm not virtually immobile like last week after I tried!
I now need to decide whether I do nothing at all for a few more days, then try again or whether I start again slowly on Friday and run intervals gently and ignore Laura for now....I think I need to sleep on it - literally!!