Before we chat about my toe (because I am sure you are all dying to know about a toe causing me all sorts of problems on my right foot), let’s catch up on our Thursday.
-We met up with Jess and we had a great little conversation. She is one of those people where you always leave spending time with her feeling a lot better about everything afterwards.
-After that we met with my family to go to the Provo City Center Temple Open House.
-This little man is growing up too fast.
-Next stop—> the pool. Basically I am going to stick to non-impact stuff for awhile and if anything I do try hurts… then I’ll stop. Exercise-self-control here we come.
Pool running is running in the deep end of the pool (so your feet don’t hit the bottom) with a hydro belt. With pool running you maintain the same running form that you would if you were on land, keep up a high cadence and while you don’t move forward much as you are doing it… you get in a killer workout. My heart rate gets way up there and you can include all sorts of intervals Some elites also use pool running to supplement their training too! You can read more about pool running here, here and this video here!
Thanks Brooke for letting me borrow your towel.
Here’s the thing about pool running. I don’t really mind it. It helps me to stay in good running shape when I am injured, I benefit from some great post-workout endorphins and I listen to netflix shows while I do it. Enter in my old/cracked phone because my wireless headphones refuse to connect to anything but the older phones. Weird. I just leave my the phone on my towel and listen to whatever show I want while I go… gotta get creative when it comes to entertaining yourself while pool running.
-Our amazing friend gave me and Brookers a hair trim. Brooke’s cheeks will forever hold my heart.
-And then Brooke did her usual ‘jump from couch to couch for an hour straight’ thing.
-Keeping off of my foot as much as possible… once again getting a little too creative.
And my favorite part of the entire day: Watch a Sophia together, read some books, say prayers and hit the hay.
Also, I’m going to really try to be like Tim for the rest of the winter.
PS I saw a second of Biggest Loser last night. I forgot all about this show but it used to be one of my favorites…
Turf Toe.. I didn’t know what this was until yesterday. It can happen to all sorts of different athletes—> football players, gymnasts, wrestlers, ballerinas, basketball players and runners of course. It can be caused over time by repeating the same motion over and over again of pushing off the big toe as you are running. It can also be caused by a sudden force (I think I had a nice combination of both causes). I knew that I needed to get it checked out because it started hurting really bad, there was swelling in the area and my big toe joint had very limited movement.
Treatment = Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation along with less-flexible shoes.
Yesterday when Dr. B told me that I’ll be taking some time off from running, I wasn’t really that bummed for a few reasons:
-There is at least one benefit to being a worrier—> When I woke up Thursday morning it hurt REALLY bad and I couldn’t stop worrying and thinking that I would need a cast or surgery or who knows what. At least when I worry about something being the worst for a bit I feel a huge relief when I find out that it isn’t nearly as bad as what I was worrying about;)
-Because I have an answer. I like researching what is wrong, what I can do to help it and moving forward. Guessing is not one of my favorite things.
-I’m just really glad it isn’t a stress fracture because my bone health is really important to me now after having a lot of stress fractures a few years ago.
-It’s 4-5ish weeks. Not a year. Not a decade. Time flies by. I’ve been injured enough times in the past to know that things happen, your body heals and then you run again. Time away makes you love it even more when you reunite with running again.
-It is winter. Not the summer. Not racing season. The trails have 3 feet of snow on them. I am on the treadmill anyways. I’m not missing out on that much.
-I really like other forms of exercise and I really like resting more too. My body will be strong (strength training—> boom) and ready to run again in just a few short weeks. Nothing like some forced rest to get you ready to start the next training cycle.
-Other things in my brain have been occupying a lot of space lately so yeah… It’s not so bad.
-Running isn’t fun when something hurts so taking the time to make it so that running is fun again sounds about right to me.
-I’m not going to lose a bunch of running fitness because I am not in super great running shape right now as it is. It is always a lot harder for me to get injured when I am in great racing shape.
It’s just running… it will always be there for us when we are ready for it.
Ever had a foot injury? What was it?
Ever tried pool running? Thoughts please!
What are your weekend plans? What are you looking forward to?