This ankle issue started out a week before the BUCS cross country the first weekend in February. I was in great shape, training had been going perfect and I had run a few good races over the christmas period.
So the week before BUCS, I am training as normal. I am doing a hill sprint session with my training group. On one of my reps, I was accelerating up the hill only for me to plant my left leg and a sudden 'limpness' was felt in my ankle, like there was no power at all. After the initial thoughts of 'Thats not good' and surprisingly small amount of pain, whatever pain there was vanished and I carried on the session as normal.
I took it easy for the rest of the week, with this in the back of my mind. I ran BUCS with my ankle strapped up and didn't run my best, but it's only a bit of fun at the end of the day and I had a good day out..
Anyway, ankle injury completely out of mind, I had planned a couple of weeks rest after the heavy training load over Christmas and for BUCS, so I suppose it fit in well with my 'schedule'. However one morning when I stepped out of bed, my ankle felt weak again and I got a dull deep pain in the same place, on the inside but behind my ankle bone.
After that, I had a few issues with the same weakness and pain when going down stairs, occaisonally when walking round etc etc..
Now, I went to my Uni physio, they did all the standard tests for weakness, pain etc... But couldn't find anything wrong with it and sent me on my way despite me telling them that there was something not right.
Further rest and the pain and weakness gradually felt to leave so I got back to it. I even won a 10k in the process, great I thought! Ankle injury gone... (Although to be honest, I have never felt 100% confident in it since)
The last 4 weeks I have been completely off running due to a stress reaction in my Tibia, which I thought would do me some good. I am now easing back into my training, being VERY careful. Last week I did 3 very steady runs, totalling 10k, all on grass. This week I plan on doing similar (However I have Manchester 10k on Sunday but forget I mentioned that) ...
Despite the rest and the very careful comeback, the ankle injury seems to have returned! I am a Triathlete, so have replaced my running with extra swimming and cycling and have had no problems with the ankle at all in this time. The ankle did not feel good when I started walking out of my swim session tonight however and I did feel it slightly when stood pedaling on the bike yesterday.
Long story short, help. I am getting mega frustrated with it. I am off to the local physio a week on Wednesday but I am not too hopeful as this injury seems to come and go as it pleases with minimal symptoms (if any) inbetween!
Anyone had anything similar? Ideas what it might be?