I have a hard time running through the summer. First, it’s due to the heat. To be comfortable running, I either have to do it very early in the morning or very late at night. Although I run in the mornings on occasion during my usual “season”, running during the mornings in the summer usually leaves me sitting in my office chair sweaty, hours after I’ve finished the run, come home, showered, and gone to work. I think my hypothalamus take the summers off. I usually prefer going immediately after work, to toss off the frustrations of the day. During the summer, this often is the hottest point of the day.
Summer also is a period of movement for me, with vacations, work events, motorcycle events, my own things all rushing at me. I can sit with a calendar at the beginning of June and not find a free weekend until the beginning of August.
Added to all this is increased socializing, more times spent going out, enjoying the nice weather, less of the loner “me and the road” time that draws me to running.
So I haven’t run with any sort of regularity since the half marathon in May. I’ve put back on some of the weight that I had last year at this time, but there’s something more. I’m afraid to truly voice it, because I keep thinking denying it will make it disappear. My ankle, the ankle, is sore and stiff. I’m not sure if it’s some psychosomatic reaction, my body providing me with an excuse on why I’m not pounding the pavement. I’m not sure if it’s the red flip flops perhaps not providing the support I need. It’s not sore where the injury was though, a bit higher up, above the “ankle bone” itself, but it aches at times. I have tried stretching it a bit recently and that seems to help. I took a line drive off it at softball yesterday and that didn’t seem to help at all. I don’t think I’ve done anything to aggravate it or re-injure it, but I’m a little concerned. I need a strong ankle for running.
I need to run.