2012 has not been my year, and I know that. It has been a challenge to stay active through all this foot stuff. I saw this article and it reminded me of some of the things I've done this year to sidestep my injury:
When my dr. told me in June that I couldn't run, walk, bike, or swim, I flipped out. I mean, seriously. Exercise means more to me than just working on my weight. It's how I manage stress, anxiety and depression, and I love getting away alone, to prove to myself I can do it. All of that seemed to get stripped away from me this year.
I'm definitely not a good patient. But I've been working really hard at staying off my foot, taking care of it, and letting it heal. Having a crapload of kids and a house to run hasn't made that easy, but I'm always lucky enough to have a kid around who can run to the freezer for an ice pack, or a husband who brings ibuprofen to my bedside.
Probably the most valuable thing I did over the summer was to rein in the eating. I was not perfect, and on the days I did burn calories, I ate more; but controlling the eating has been the most helpful thing I've done while waiting to heal. I have a Spark-friend who calls it "table training". You're still training, but you're doing it in the kitchen, not the gym. The next most valuable thing I've done has been stepping up the ST. I am stronger and firmer than I've ever been in my life; even when I was thin in HS, I wasn't this strong.
Anyway, that article just made me reflect that while I haven't had a great year, it hasn't been ALL bad.
Today for the first time since June, I'm going to try a couple of running intervals and see how I do. My alarm just went off in the other room, so it's time to get moving! Have a great weekend. :)