The electric tingling and pains in my ankle have slowly been fading. I am thinking this improvement correlates to the loss of strength in my legs. After the tension in my muscles dissipates from under-use, my ankle is not under as much strain and feels better.
Nowadays, I mostly notice pains in other areas of my legs, such as the bottom of my foot, my shins, and my other ankle. I wonder if my high mileage was "masking" these other injuries which are now revealing themselves? Anyway, it is probably best for all of my joints and tendons that I am taking this time off. That way, 99% of me will be near 100% when I start running again.
I've been doing ankle exercises and swimming laps at the public swimming pool. Swimming is not like running in that you have to follow a tight schedule for lap swimming that the Chicago Park District decides upon four times a year. You just can't say, "I feel like I'll go for a swim", because the lap swim only happens about three hours a day on weekdays and two hours on the weekend. If you happen to be busy during those hours, than you are out of luck! However, a runner can decide to run at any moment in the day and just run. That's one of the reasons that running is the perfect workout.
I am resigned to not making a definite decision on Boston for a couple of weeks. I am just focusing on recovery right now. I just read a Runner's World article on training for a marathon in four weeks. I have a little more time than that, so there is still hope!
I hope to stop by the Chicago Running Bloggers Beer Run this weekend as it is only five blocks from my house.
I am toying with the idea of testing out the ankle on the three mile run. Otherwise it will be just beer. We shall see...