If you’ve followed me for any period of time, you’ll know that I’m a running junkie. It’s been my outlet for the last couple of years. I always feel good after a nice long run. 7 weeks ago, I ran the Denver Rock N’ Roll Marathon. 5 days after I got home, I was in a hurry to get my 4 year old ready for preschool. I jumped down the last 2 stairs and landed on the landing with my foot rolled. I heard a grinding and a pop and instantly it started throbbing. I rolled around on the floor sobbing while my 4 year old tried to comfort me. It immediately started to swell and I couldn’t put any weight on it. I got my son off to school and my hubby came home from work. We went in to get an x-ray just to confirm it wasn’t broken and the healing process has been slow since then. The picture below was the day that I sprained it, a few hours after. It actually got quite a bit bigger than this and still looks funny 6 weeks later.
I worked that entire weekend after I hurt it. It continued to swell and was incredibly painful. I’ve been a bit depressed about the whole thing and my exercising went downhill. I kept expecting my foot to feel better so I could run on it, and I really had no idea how long it would take to heal.
Over the last 6 weeks, I’ve gotten to the point that it doesn’t hurt to bear any weight on it, but it’s really tight and I can’t roll it in a circle yet. I haven’t really exercised and my eating has been horrible. I find myself more tired than normal and an overall lack of motivation. Although I haven’t gained any weight over the last 6 weeks, I am definitely losing muscle. My stomach isn’t as tight as it was which is where I’ve noticed the biggest difference. I guess one thing leads to another.
The best way for me to get back on the wagon and make things better is to make some goals for myself. I’m not going to try running just yet because I don’t want to do more damage than what it’s worth.
I’ve bought some new workout DVD’s and am going to start doing some different exercising other than running. While training for my marathon, I would cross train once a week but the bulk of my training was running. I know that the best way to workout is to set some goals for myself and to be accountable. I’m going to be blogging my progress as well as some new health and fitness products and DVD’s that I’ve bought. I bought a Kettlebell last month that I really need to start using, I’ll let you know how I like it.
Goals to Achieve Through December
- Workout a minimum of 4 times a week for 45 minutes.
- Clean up my eating, replace refined sugar with fresh fruit.
- Log my food each day using My Fitness Pal.
- Drink a minimum of 100 ounces per day.
I’m going to be starting tomorrow and I’m really excited. If you have any tips or workout DVD’s or plans you’ve followed please let me know! And if you need a boost to get into shape or stay in shape over the holidays, join in. Friend me on My Fitness Pal and we can encourage each other along the way!