It sounds like the ankle was fine, in its brace? Yay!
It is painful today but I'm optimistic that it's pain from the brace, which has a hard strut tucked under the inside of the foot and rising up against the back of the malleolus (ankle bone). There are a couple of open chafe sores under the brace as well as a bruise. It feels like it prevented the sprain injury from worsening though. It's like the after-effects of running a long distance in an ill fitting shoe. I could be wrong but my plan now is to build up my running on easier surfaces where I can forego the brace. It's OK to wear it for short distances but 5.5 hours of on/off trail scrambling, running and hiking is asking a lot of a brace made for people doing pretty basic stuff.
My first (half) RTH in a long time. Agree with new rule about being close but not touching. (Sounds like grade school dances.) My enthusiastic son made me touch anyway. Same issue with spikes on sidewalks. Yuk. Do most people not have spikes?
I noticed you were on the list! Metal spikes are surprisingly uncommon. People seem happy with aggressive treads but I prefer spikes for orienteering in all seasons.
Obviously not there, but I like the sound of the rule. And while I wear spikes for all (non-urban-sprint) orienteering events, I draw my limit at three and a half hours and generally wear "aggressive treads" at RTH & GRR.
Are your spiked shoes uncomfortable? Mine are fine for longer races - Salomon Spikecross.
My spikes feel like driving a sports car (Inov8 roclite), which is awesome, but I am fearful of pushing my frail legs through more than 1-2 hours of the harder ride. After that, aggressive treads through six ish hours, and somewhere after that, traction be darned cushy trail shoe.
I've only tried one pair of Salomons (XT wings)..are the spike cross stiff in the sole? I needed a floppier sole, at least here in the land without rocks.
My spikes are fine in the woods, but I feel like after some number of footfalls, the soles of my feet begin to complain. This might be a general fit issue - although footfalls on pavement seem to cause particular pain with the spikes. (Once again, not much pain, but it becomes an accumulated thing.) Like Mr. Wonderful, the longer I go, the cushier I want my shoes to be...
(Note: my spikes are "pure O shoes" (Falcons) so there is VERY little cushioning in them!)
Ouch! My first pair of Spikecross years ago got uncomfortable after a few hours so I know what you mean. This version is cushy enough that I didn’t notice any discomfort from the shoe after 5.5 hours of Raid The Hammer. Terrain included lots of mud, soft ground and rocks. The sole isn’t floppy (there’s a good rock plate) but it didn’t feel much different from my other trail running shoes. I do think pavement would get painful eventually. It got super annoying in about 30 seconds!