I think i've done "too much, too soon" - started running again 10 days ago after 5 years of exclusively cycling.
Long story short, I've tried to keep my runs disciplined, knowing my running-specific conditioning is going to be way behind my cardiovascular fitness for a while (I'm a competitive cyclist so I have a strong base fitness, but my legs need to adapt to pounding the pavement of course).
I did a series of slow runs last week, culminating with 10 miles saturday and 9 miles yesterday. Both at long slow run pace.
And during the last 3 or 4 miles yesterday, I noticed a feeling of real instability in my right ankle. I'll try to explain in non-medical terms how it feels:
- Like my ankle is going to give way, but only specifically when the pavement slopes (even very slightly) down to the left or I otherwise need to put weight on the inside of the foot. I found myself seeking the flattest part of the pavement, as that seemed to provide relief, and then i'd almost be limping-running when the pavement sloped down to my left.
- Turning a sharp right hand corner was borderline painful, I had to skip-hop as it felt like my right ankle would roll inwards and collapse.
- When i stopped to stretch (and then walk), I noticed it hurts to raise my big toe.
- Not so noticeable if I run deliberately on the outside of my foot, or flat-footed/ forefoot only (not my style, I'm a heel striker).
I did RICE yesterday but it's sore this morning. I don't see myself being able to run for a few days.
Would really appreciate any help identifying the issue. I'm going to get it looked at by a doc and/or physio because there's no way I csn ignore this and carry on ramping up thr volume, but would be good to know if it sounds like something obvious.
Might be worth noting that I have very high arches. Very high. Almost claw-like feet! And i wear neutral shoes (recently gait-assessed).
Thanks very much.