Well, the nightmare came true. I think maybe it was more of a premonition. I just knew I’d break or sprain my ankle right before the marathon. I just knew it. On Saturday I was wearing flats (for safety of course) and I just took a bad step and there it was. Ankle rolled and down I went. Shit happens.
Yesterday I had x-rays and it’s not broken. It is, however, sprained. Sprains can take anywhere from a week to 4+ weeks to heal. We have 2 weeks before marathon day. I used what I learned at Tennis Camp as a kid: RICE (rest, ice, compression, elevation) and I have a pretty good brace and the swelling has gone down a lot, so I’m optimistic. The doctor gave me a 50/50 chance of running the marathon. He said to keep wearing the brace and taking advil and to go for a “test run” on Saturday. No more than 2 miles. Then if all goes well, I can go for another “test run” on Sunday without the brace. No more than 3 miles. Then, if that goes well, it’s marathon time.
Admittedly, I’ve never believed much in the power of prayer when it comes to sporting events. Don’t BOTH teams pray to win the superbowl? Couldn’t Colt McCoy just have prayed his way out of injury during the championship game? Couldn’t Nancy Kerrigan have prayed for her knee to heal? HOWEVER, I do believe that positive energy matters and I do believe that your prayers, thoughts, support, and positive vibes can help push me through this injury. If nothing else, then let me be healed by the placebo effect. Or at the very least, buoy my spirits. Remember what Yogi Berra said. Half this game is 50% mental.
P.S- if anyone knows any great super athlete rehab exercises for sprained ankles, I’m all ears. I already tried tracing the alphabet with my toes and stretching with a towel.