I got some great advice here after posting about an ankle injury I suffered after adding too much speed, too far in new shoes. I also saw my doctor who didn't suspect any significant damage-just soreness to my tendon. She said I could return to running as soon as my ankle felt well enough. I am so fortunate to have a doctor who is a runner and understands my training schedule! Of course she advised me to call if it didn't get better so she could give a referral to a sports med. doctor. Anyway, 11 days post injury I felt well enough to do a 5k I had signed up for. About 4 days later I got a pinched nerve that affected me from hip to toe on the left side... The same side as my ankle injury. That was on December 19th. I rested until yesterday. The pain from the pinched nerve is no longer constant, mostly hurts at night now. So, yesterday I did a some core and quad exercises followed by a 2 mile walk on my treadmill. I feel a bit sore from the core and quad exercises today, as I haven't done them in 6 months or more. But I feel it is important to resume them-I had been doing a 75 minute core/strength routine 2-3 times a week. Today I walked a 5k on the treadmill with a couple running intervals. My question is this: since I have the Tink half this month and the Princess next month, should I skip the core and quad exercises until after the Princess and just focus on getting to the starting line healthy and strong? Ultimately I know the core and quad work will help prevent injury. But with the muscle soreness today, I am wondering if now is the right time.... Thanks for reading this long post, and any advice.