So here's my situation. I'm running the Chicago Marathon on October 11th - about a week and a half from today. Training has gone well and I feel prepared to meet my goal of qualifying for Boston 2010.
I've been suffering from some right ankle pain the past couple weeks, which I've never experience before. As a result I just took five days of rest before going out on a 12 mile easy run yesterday. Should I be concerned having taken a 5 day break with the marathon approaching on Oct 11th? The ankle issue didn't start occuring until after I started running in a new pair of shoes about 3 weeks ago. They are the same Nike Vomera 4's I've always worn, just a new pair. Anyways, the ankle tends to get a little swollen (by the inner bone that juts out) and causes discomfort when I run. It usually is more painful post-run ... icing it for 20 mins has helped. For example after my 21 mile long run on 9/20, I was in some major pain, hobbling around, but the next day it had mostly subsided. Afterwards, the following Mon and Tues, 9/21 and 9/22, I went out for 8 mile easier runs and the pain returned and got worse. Although I was able to run the 8 miles on Tues at a 6:37/mile pace but was hurting pretty badly afterwards. So, I took 5 days off until yesterday, when I went for a 12 mile run in about 1:26. I started feeling the ankle about 1/2 way through. It's definitely bearable but I feel like it slows me down. Any thoughts? Also, how would you suggest approaching the next week and a half or so, in terms of training, mileage, etc? I want to give myself the best chance on race day.
My sister is a former distance runner, and her thoughts:
"Think you better go have the ankle looked at...if it's tendonitis it will get worse running. Get a prescription for a physical therapist for ultrasound and stim and to ice and take Arnica and stay off it. You should probably be tapering now anyway for the marathon. Maybe go see a sports med person after work who can take a look at it. Maybe even a cortisone shot will help you."
I would sincerely appreciate any advice could provide. Thanks!