Tuesday, February 15, 2011

trail running and twisted ankles

On sunday Ryan and I decided to enjoy the beautiful weather exploring the U.S. National Whitewater Center.  It's located about 20 minutes away from Charlotte's downtown area.  From the website:
"The U.S. National Whitewater Center is the world’s premier outdoor adventure and environmental education center. Situated on roughly 400 acres of woodlands, the USNWC fosters an environment for people to come together to play outside."

We decided to do our run for the day on one of the many trails located there.  It was my first time "trail running," and I have to admit, it was very hard.  The terrain is very uneven and you're constantly on the lookout for roots, branches, or anything else in your way.  Not to mention there were parts of the ground that were wet and muddy making it much harder to keep your balance.  We finished our first mile in 12 minutes and kept going.  Around 1.67 miles (I was keeping track of the distance) into our run Ryan rolled (twisted) his ankle.  We walked back to the front of the park and decided to call it a day. 

By the time we got home (after running a few errands) his ankle was swollen and turning different shades of the rainbow.  Gross.  Being the trooper that he is, he still got ready for dinner that night as an early Valentine's day celebration.

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