I went over on my ankle whilst playing netball some time ago - I was running left then tried to dodge to the right but my foot stayed firmly planted and only my body moved. Major ouch! Never felt pain like it before - had to lie on the floor for a few mins, take deep breaths to stop myself from being sick etc. I didn't go to hospital (silly), the outside of my ankle was black & blue from my toes to halfway up my calf. I rested for a couple of days only, did the old ice water in a bucket several times a day for the first week and then very gradually started to put pressure on it and walk. I hobbled around (no crutches)for the first 2 weeks then it gradually started to get better. I did my own physio at home - moving toes, circling back and forth, gentle turning etc. Nine weeks later I started running - very gently to start with. Only a few steps one day, few more the next etc It took about 3 months before I was running properly.
Oh - horse owners that think they own the place!! Bridleways are for pedestrians, cycles & horses - it's the rules! However, if running on a bridleway and you meet a horse please do not sneak up behind it - it scares the rider and horse - I usually announce my presence well in advance with a shout of 'hello' (that's if I have enough breath to shout). Horses should be treated with caution as they can be unpredictable as are their owners. I love running out in the countryside and wish more people would get off the treadmill and get out and explore - we regularly come across deer, birds of prey, irate farmers etc!
Public footpaths are for pedestrians (runners & walkers)
Public Bridleways are for pedestrians, cyclists & horses (but no form of motorised transport)
If you come across a blocked footpath or overgrown with vegatation, nasty dog snapping at you or any other kind of obstruction then you shouldcontact your local County Council Rights of Way Officer. Each County Council employs a person to look after the miles upon miles of footpaths & bridleways in the County and they are usually happy to receive information about problems and they wil deal with it on your behalf. When you try to run a footpath and it is blocked by brambles then report it and get it chopped back - it saves getting scratches all over your legs.
From a ParishClerk who regularly runs the paths & bridleways!
I need advice from you seasoned runners out there - I have been training hard for my first 1/2M in 2 weeks time. I was running 3x per week - doing 2days x7miles and 1day x10mile in early September. But I developed an injury so I reduced the mileage, took a week off when that didn't work, started building up the mileage gradually but my leg still niggles. It's not bad enough to stop me running but I am in some pain afterwards.
I managed a 9 mile run last monday and haven't run since. I am doing the 1/2M on 2nd November - should I rest up for the next 2 weeks or should I try to run once or twice? I just don't know whether rest will be better for me or whether to keep up the training?
I'm confident that I can do the 1/2M (maybe with the help of Ibuprofen) - I can't back out as I am running for Charity!