Monday, July 22, 2013
My achilles tendinitis has been acting up pretty bad lately. For years, when that would happen, I would stop working out for fear that I would rip the tendon completely. Now, I am facing that fear. The doctor scared me with the thought of surgery if I overstressed my feet, but I have come to learn that I can still do things with some pain and not cause damage.
Instead of not taxing my feet at all, for the last week or so I have simply lightened my load and fixated on taking care of my ankles. Instead of jogging, I am walking at a very slow pace (for the same time, not tacking on more). I am stretching more and icing my feet regularly (I am icing them right now, in fact).
It is hard to keep on a routine, and to consciously do less than I want to. I was trying to improve my jogging, to go for longer bouts and then up the speed. In my head, I want to do these things, but in my body I cannot. But I am trying not to let it get me down.
I refuse to give up this time... I will NOT stop... I will NOT fear what has not happened.
I WILL go slowly... I WILL not push hard... I WILL take care of my feet.