I haven’t been very active lately. I broke my foot last week. OK, not the whole foot, just one small bone. You see, I had been working at my desk all morning and hopped up for a cup of coffee without realizing my left foot had fallen asleep just a little. It wasn’t flat to the floor when I landed and I twisted my ankle. Well, when I twisted my ankle, it twisted the hell out of a couple tendons. When two tendons play tug-o-war, something has to give. In this case, my tendons held (lucky) and the bone between them fractured. There’s a small floating fragment but the fracture should knit together within the next three weeks. For now I have a big Stormtrooper boot and a swollen & bruised foot. My walk isn’t the usual strut but a bit of a gimpy limp now. Very sexy – NOT.
My trainer, Jonathan Acosta, has been very helpful with prescribing some adaptive exercises but after doing the required running around all day with the kids, I just want to get my foot up whenever I can. Once I’m past the gimpy stage, I’ll have a lot of time to make up for when hitting the gym and boot camps again. I have 231 days until the Lackland Classic and Rock’n’Roll Marathon so I’ll need to really hit the ground running – literally and figuratively.
In the meantime, I’m watching my diet so I don’t blow up like a balloon and taking all my vitamins and supplements to ensure my body has everything it needs to recover quickly and well.
The important thing to remember here is that setbacks happen – accidents happen – life happens – and we need to just keep on doing the best we can with what we have. A setback need not stop us if we consider it an opportunity to focus on other areas (in my case, diet and a post-recovery action plan).
Remember to never lose sight of the ultimate goal!
(Also remember to always fix your hair and put on some lipstick before going to the hospital because you never know when you might meet an attractive medical professional!)