I did one week of running workouts (3.5 miles, 4 miles, and 7 today) and 1 swim (so glad I have a gym with a pool to crosstrain/recover, in retrospect) and am feeling good. I purposely haven’t looked at the training schedule because inevitably I’m behind wherever I’m supposed to be, but I’m trying to listen to my body so I don’t reinjure myself.
I’ve been running with an ankle brace- just a cheapo I picked up at Target. I was going to try and run without it today, but after warming up on the treadmill I could tell that I still needed that little bit of extra support and compression. I know that I need to listen to my body and run in the brace until I don’t have any pain anymore (it only hurts when I roll my ankle under, and ironically it hurts more when I walk than when I run…what?)
I can already tell, though, that my first run without the brace is going to be scary. I know the whole time I’m running, I will be thinking “Don’t trip, don’t trip, what if you mess it up again and really can’t do this marathon?”
But when the disciple Peter walked on water toward Jesus, he had to be petrified. Walking on water sounds crazy. But he had to have enough guts and courage to take that first step. I need to have the courage and confidence in my own ability to read my body and take that first brace-free step when it’s time.