Here’s something awesome to start off your Monday:
I needed that little running laugh because it’s been two months since my last run, and that makes my heart ache a little.
It’s almost 7 a.m. here, and at this time I’m usually already beginning my daily sweat fest on the bike at the school’s gym. But instead, I’m waiting for my turn in my apartment complex’s pool.
There are 3, (without being offensive in any way), older ladies in it right now, getting in their daily swim. Aren’t they studs? I hope to be like that and be super active for my whole life! However, the pool here isn’t big enough for them to swim their laps and for me to pool run, so here I am in my family room, trying to patiently wait.
That’s right pool running. Let the changes begin! I have decided to switch things up, and set a few goals to help me really heal this foot and get back on the roads as soon as possible. I suspect my bike workouts are slowing the healing of my foot as I push on the pedal in the exact area of my stress fractures, so it’s time for something new.
Here are the goals:
1. Pool run (and go hard, very hard) for the next 2-3 weeks. I’m hoping that is all it takes.
2. Try out some rowing, see if that is also a good cross training alternative, as in: see if it doesn’t hurt my foot.
3. Figure out how one goes about getting an x-ray and/or a bone scan on this island, and then GET ONE! Or both. I need to know where I’m at in the healing process.
4. In the mean time supplement my new pool running routine with more strength training. I’ll continue to do yoga once or twice a week, but I also really need to get my lazy bum back in the gym. However, I’ll avoid anything that puts too much pressure on my foot for now.
5. Try to stay off my foot as much as possible the rest of the time. Elevate, rest, etc.
6. Keep taking calcium, morning and night
So there you go, six goals that I’m “writing out loud” to help me plan for success. The running bug has bit me once again, and I’m so hungry to get back to racing. But I want to be healthy and strong enough to where that desire to run and race well doesn’t get overdone and land me right back to injury. That vicious cycle I’ve been more or less stuck in for two years now.
Any other suggestions to speed the recovery of a stress fractured foot? It’s been two months, and it’s obvious I have ants in my pants.
But, whenever running is finally ready for me again, I’m going to do everything now to be ready for it. I will be ready.