I’m trying to stay upbeat and positive. It is really hard to say mean things about runners as I drive past them. It’s hard when the temp drops and the humidity goes away to force myself to go get on that dumb elliptical. BUT I’m doing it.
And really, I’m not saying anything mean about said runners above (well, maybe if they run in place or don’t have on reflective gear at night), I’m just jealous. I miss being able to zone out on a run, enjoy the fresh air, and have a really good sweat.
The positives so far? I’ve been able to maintain 35 minutes on the elliptical with no pain. The only pain I have is from the brace itself, not my actual ankle. The PT hasn’t allowed anything past 30 minutes but I pushed it to 35 today. I have made it to 6 pilates classes in less than two weeks. But I can see the light at the end of the tunnel.
Last week I got the news that I would be able to try out the underwater treadmill at the PT (per the PT-I’m healing quickly). To say that I was counting down the hours until my appointment is an understatement. The thought of rocking my bathing suit was less than appealing but I didn’t care. I. WAS. GOING. TO. RUN.
I went through my regular exercises, and did my first bit of jumping/plyometrics exercises, and anxiously awaited my instructions for the treadmill. The pool thing is quite confusing. Lots of latches and buttons. I followed directions and got in the pool and waited for the machine to be ready.
The pace was slow. It honestly didn’t feel like running. It was baywatch-running-down-the-beach in slow motion slow. And “my girls” definitely needed a sports bra. I didn’t know what to do with my arms, they were half way in and out of the water and they didn’t feel natural when I moved them. But after a few minutes, I found my groove. The run was actually a lot harder than I expected and I even worked up a little sweat.
I was only allowed to run for a mile. BUT I DID IT. AND IT WAS PAIN FREE!! I hope to be able to run 2 miles this Friday. You can check out my video below. It’s hard to hear me talking-basically just telling yall it doesn’t feel like running and how far I am going. Big thanks to my PT’s for filming!
This injury has been very interesting. I know I will come back stronger and more determined than ever.
How has an injury changed your running? What’s been the most interesting form of cross training/physical therapy you’ve used? Have you tried an underwater treadmill?
Oh, and yes! You want to know who won the sparkle skirt!?!!? It was my biggest giveaway yet. People love to sparkle…
CONGRATS to SUZANNE! Send me an email, I know you already have it. 🙂