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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Towards the end of April I tore the ligaments in my left ankle and was put out of action for 2 months as a result! It was a MAJOR learning experience for me and i took away some of these lessons:

1. RESPECT your body - work with it and it will work with you. Abuse it and it will give up

Yes there is such a thing as overtraining and i was doing it. Pushing my body as hard as i could every day - no proper planned training programme, no decent rest etc etc
My friend who is a Chiro and PT warned me... numerous times... but i felt strong and capable and ignored him. And then my body gave up. I didnt fall into a hole, i didnt trip over a rock, i just turned to run from one point to another and because my poor body was so fatigued my ankle just rolled over and *pop*
Since returning to training I now have a proper, well thought out training programme that incorporates 2 rest days a week and cycles of extended rest period every few weeks and a solid nutrition plan that makes sure my body gets all the good stuff it needs to fuel itself and repair itself.

2. Correct treatment of an injury at the hands of a skilled professional is ESSENTIAL to recovery

I listened to every instruction i was given by my doc with regards to what i had to do and was / wasnt allowed to do whilst recovering from the injury. I also went for treatment pretty much every second day for the first 2-3 weeks. I did all my rehab excercises that i had to and as much as i wanted to i stayed away from training until i was ready to return.

Thanks to that my ankle is PERFECT now - its as strong if not even stronger than it was and i am running, jumping, riding and carrying on like a general hooligan as though nothing ever happened

3. A set back is NOT the end of the road

when i was sitting on my couch with my leg up on a pillow, motionless in a moonboot and useless to me i felt hopeless. I felt my fitness draining away... i felt my muscles disappearing...
all my hard work seemed to be going down the drain... and then i came back to training and i worked my way back to fitness and strength and i ate well to nourish my body.
And now i am stronger and fitter and more determined to improve and try new things and get even better at things i do love.
I could have given up. I could have chosen to eat junk all day and stay on the couch.
but then what would i have to show for it now? :)

I am SOOOOOOOOOOO happy to be back - missed you all
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  • MAGPIE17
    Welcome back! Glad the ankle's better!
    1930 days ago
    Woah, your poor ankle! Argh, seems like a lesson you needed to learn though! Haha I totally know this because I've got shin splints 3 times because of overtraining.. I should have learned the first time! -_o
    1931 days ago
    Hey girl!! First off, HI! And thanks for the add! I'm so sorry to hear about your injury but HELL YEAH for taking things slow and rehabilitating your body back into a state where you can bust it out again! You're so right, what a learning experience!!!! I wasn't warming my my knees properly and didn't have perfect form and started getting some knee soreness and it FREAKED ME OUT. Ever since I took a wee break and let them return to normal with icing and stretching and things they have felt amazing, and no more soreness! Recovery is SO important! It also got me wayyyy into stretching my muscles for longer post workout because that's part of natural recovery also!

    Once again, so happy for you getting back to it! Can't wait to hear what is in store for you next! =]
    1932 days ago
    Glad this didn't get you "down" any more than necessary. Even more glad you're all fixed up and bouncing around like a mad bunny!
    1936 days ago
    So glad that you are back! And thanks for sharing the valuable lessons learned.
    1936 days ago
    oh wow that's scary. so glad that you press on and didn't give up. it's true you could of take the easy route and eat junk but you didn't, that's awesome. so glad that you are back emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1937 days ago
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