My mysterious ankle injury started hurting worse and worse each run last fall, until I stopped running shortly before the race I was training for, the Army Ten-Miler, and saved myself to run in the race. I was the leader for the 9:00/mile (1:30:00) pace group, and I brought it home in 1:29:46 (8:58).
I couldn't walk the next day and basically I haven't run since, for five months. My left ankle still hurts.
Blah blah blah. It sucks, just like life does sometimes. (Happier times last October. Post-race with a friend who ran with my pace group during the ATM.)
But I have a set of orthotics waiting for me to pick up at the podiatrist's, I "ran" (ran/walked) a mile this week in 15:24, I plan to run twice next week, three times the week after that and so on. We'll see.