Romania 2021: “how to (not) run with sprained ankles” @Faget Tour Fortech, oct 17th

Please let’s take a moment for a life lesson =))

This post is not just about how my race went, but about the stubborness of a runner. Let me tell you : even if you feel uninvincible, you too can get hurt. And if you do get hurt, don’t underestimate it.

The right thing to do is rest and see a doctor, but noooo. Stubborn people like me, want to keep going and think that all injuries will magically disappear.

3 spraned ankles in 4 months

Sprained ankle in June: couldn’t walk for 2 weeks. I saw an orthopedic doctor and said it should pass in 2 weeks. 8 weeks later, still in pain, but I go back into slowly running hills.

In august, the other ankle got injured because the first one was not stable. It didn’t feel that bad because of the adrenaline, so I finished the race (8 more km) with my very-bad-but-didn’t-know ankle.

Another 3 months have passed, both my ankles were in terrible condition, but I kept signing up for races. And not short ones, but half marathons. And not on flat, but in the forrest. So because the thirt one is the charm, this Faget Tour put an end to my 2021 running calendar.

It was the half of the race, I felt so good that I increased my speed. A thought crossed my mind that I should slow down, but I didn’t get to finish that thought because I was already on the ground, screaming in pain. The same ankle hurt in August, got a second “luxury treatment”. Luckily, I was not alone and I had help. Someone drove me back to the finish line..

Bottom line, you can’t skip the obvious: physiotherapy and at least 2 months of rest for a sprained ankle!

PS: First time ever when I don’t get a medal 😦

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