Week 15: Crutches? How do I use these things?

I read a lot of running and health magazines, websites, blogs and more, and in all my time reading these wonderful purveyors of information, I generally skip over certain articles: how to avoid injury/coming back from an injury/dealing with an injury. Besides my little hip problem, which was from too much running and not enough stretching, I pretty much never get injured.

This week, I am kicking myself. Except that I’m really not, because my kicking leg cannot do that. Because it’s…injured.

Yes, yes. Here’s the story:

My last two weeks have been pretty hectic and busy, jam-packed with working, meeting up with friends, and going lots of fun places on the weekend. This past Sunday was the first day that I had zero plans and nothing I had to do. As I sat sipping my coffee and waking up in the hazy morning light that streamed through my living room window, I felt so calm and relaxed that I pondered taking a lazy day off from everything, including my boot camp workout class. I decided since I had been so busy, that yes, I could be lazy and sit on the couch and watch some TV.

But 20 minutes later, I found myself double-knotting my shoes and fishing my car keys out of my purse. I hate feeling lazy. It was a beautiful day out, and there was nothing good on TV; so, at the last minute, I decided to go to my workout class. I got there two minutes late, even. But I went.

Man, I wish I had kept my butt sitting on the couch for once!

We were only about 20 minutes into the hour-long class, running on the trail outside after doing some killer lunges, when all of the sudden my face was plummeting towards the pavement. I will spare you the pain, tears and sweat (though it was quite the combo of each). An hour later, I was sitting in a wheelchair in the ER waiting to get the verdict. Three hours later, I was home with a snazzy gel splint, wobbling on crutches and nursing a sprained ankle.

Wahhhh.

Okay, really, I’m over it now. It sucks and I can’t say I’m happy about it, but honestly, as they all say: “S” happens.

I’m sure it will be several weeks until I get back to running. But, I have researched just about everything I can do as far as sprained ankle recovery and rehab. I also found myself some new pilates, yoga and circuit workout DVDs that will hopefully keep me going until the day I can lace up those sneakers again. (Sniffle, sniffle.)

For now, I will just have to look forward to taking a little break, and trying some new non-impact workouts. Maybe I will finally try swimming? (I’ve been too afraid to take the plunge—okay, forgive my pun.)

And, I’ll admit that I’m digging up those old articles I remember skipping over and reading about how to deal with losing what feels like a little piece of me. Until these tootsies can get back on the road again…

Fat Stats:
Starting weight: 166 pounds
Last week: 150.5 pounds
This week: ??? I can’t balance on the scale!
Goal weight: 145 pounds

Here’s to staying positive,
Amanda
@jockey_amanda

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