Fate has changed my thinking of what will be my first marathon. I suffered an ankle sprain from judo, the second week into my marathon training. BAH ! ! !
At first I thought it was pretty mild, and continued to run for a few days. My ankle was slightly swollen, and if I ran on my heel it doesn’t hurt too bad at the beginning. Once I get past 1 mile it doesn’t hurt at all…until I stopped running, and especially in the mornings.
It has become clear that I needed to take a week off and let my body recover. On the Internet I found some resources that say R.I.C.E. (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation) is the best treatment for sprains. So I purchased a couple of reusable ice packs, and a compression ankle wrap. After only a couple of uses it feels much better.