I finally got my first bad injury about a month ago. I was running a lot during that time as I was preparing for a marathon on June 22nd. I decided to do a 5K during the first week of June for fun. I had been feeling a little tenderness in my right ankle, but didn't think much of it. During the 5K, it suddenly got really bad, and I stopped halfway through with the thought of saving myself for the marathon. As the day progressed, my ankle swelled up and I could barely walk. It stayed like this for almost two weeks. I eventually got sick of limping, and healed a bit, and was able to teach myself how to walk smoothly. After about two weeks, I even went out for a couple of short runs. The ankle was still tender, though, so I didn't run any more and continued to rest. All this time, I was doing one-legged balancing exercises and other similar stuff as rehab.
I'd kind of forgotten about running when a friend mentioned a 5K on July 4th. I was feeling pretty good, so I entered. With almost no exercise for a month, I got through it with no pain in 20:55. After a day off, I then ran 7 miles yesterday and am going to run again today.
The ankle is still good. It turns out that the pain was in the peroneal tendon. This seems to be a more uncommon injury. There are several things I think may have caused this, but I won't go into them now. I think knowing what was injured and what I was doing wrong will help me be more aware and hopefully keep me from having this injury again. The whole experience was actually pretty interesting and kind of fun in a way. Yet another puzzle to solve. It helps that I'm pain free and running again pretty well.
Anyone else have injury experiences they want to share? After going through this, it would be interesting to hear what other people have gone through.