I can’t believe it. Two weeks in and I’ve picked up an injury. I’m pretty confident I won’t be doing run 9 of Couch to 5k in the near future. It feels like all the hard work and emotional energy I’ve put in to get to this point has been wasted.
I began to notice it during a 3 hour drive yesterday- a sharp stabbing pain in the front of my ankle brought on by movement or a sudden shift in weight baring. It’s got worse as the weekend has gone on.
My initial response was to wonder if I had shin splints, but the nature and position of the pain doesn’t seem to tally with the results of the research I did online.
The honest truth is I don’t have a clue, so I’m going to ice it regularly over the next few days, rest up and see what happens. If it doesn’t get better I’ll book an appointment with the GP.
The irony that my knees have survived the first two weeks of running without complaint and now my ankle has let me down is frustrating to say the least.
I can’t help but wonder if it’s because I’ve been running wearing barefoot shoes. I’ve been wearing Vivo Barefoots everyday for about a year now and I think they are brilliant. I love the feeling of being in contact with the ground, how they improve my posture and the space they give my feet to move naturally.
Having never had problems with them, it was a logical decision to continue wearing them when I started running. It wasn’t like I had to transition slowly from wearing heavily cushioned shoes.
Now I’m wondering if wearing a more traditional running trainer with increased support might have been a wiser choice, especially given I’m still around three stone overweight.
What are your experiences with barefoot shoes? Has any one experienced a similar sounding injury whilst wearing them?