Last Monday I decided that I needed to start walking. Just as I decided to get rid of my boot (walking cast) two weeks prior and switch to running shoes (with mixed results), I decided that if I were ever going to be able to rejoin my running club and at least get out and walk with them then I needed to start walking. So at PT I got the go ahead to walk on the treadmill, on the condition that I held on and unweighted my injured foot at least partially, with each step.
I really struggled to not look at the speed (between 2.1 and 2.4 mph) but to just focus on my gait and the distance I was covering. The mile was my idea, my PT said to just try to walk "a bit". When I was finished I was filled with mixed emotions -- joy that I had really walked a mile tempered by that nagging voice in my head that kept trying to whisper nasty comments about how long it took me and the fact that I held on to the treadmill. I swear, that voice in my head will be the death of me someday!
From the treadmill I got on the rowing machine and in spite of wanting to quit, I rowed my heart out for 20 minutes! I forgot to note how far I went, but that 20 minutes set my benchmark for future workouts. On Thursday I was back at PT and my mile was much harder and 3 minutes slower, but my 20 minutes of rowing covered 4k!! Next week I'll shoot for rowing a 5k
My other big challenge this past week was footwear. I'm going to Hawaii in 11 days and the only shoes I've been able to wear are my Mizuno running shoes. There is no way I'm wearing sneakers for 2 weeks straight - to the pool, to the beach, with a sundress - uh-unh! So I asked my PT if I could try flip flops this week... he wasn't thrilled but he said OK, provided I get a pair with some arch support (part of my surgery involved lowering my arch, so that was of concern to him). Lucky for me, I knew exactly what flip flop I was going to get - KEEN's Waimea H2 www.keenfootwear.com/pro
in violet, which is actually kind of pink. My husband has had a pair for a few years now and he loves the arch support and the toe protection - a must for me since my big toe is still not fully fused. The best part? I got them below wholesale through my job!!
I have been walking around in my KEEN flip flops all week, and other than swelling my foot's been fine!!
Thank you to all my friends who have checked in with me and asked for updates... I've been scarce due to work, but I turned in my badge last night so I should be around a bit more often now. As you can see, I'm healing, but its never fast enough for me... that little voice has got to get gagged!