Whenever I am hit with a new "problem" I usually go through the same process to deal.
1. I usually panic. Probably to be expected. But I always imagine the worst case scenario first and then slowly talk myself back into reality.
2. I try and brush the problem off as if it isn't as big a deal as it is. More commonly referred to as DENIAL.
3. I tend to literally THROW myself into the problem. Fixating on the idea that it can be solved IMMEDIATELY.
4. After the emotional rollercoaster I put myself through, I come up with some sort of solution and move forward.
Last week I was given the opportunity to repeat this cycle again. For the last few months I have been training for a 5K and working on incorporating Running as part of my normal life. (Not just a temporary goal) I had finally gotten to the point where I actually kind of enjoyed it and was starting to look forward to running when I started noticing pain in my right leg/calf and ankle. I attempted to run though it while just adding extra stretching... after a week of no improvement I figured it was time to see my Doctor.
After trying to explain the anomaly to my doctor she concluded I must have developed shin splints and gave me further stretching advice. Fast forward 6 months to about 3 weeks ago... pain has no only returned, but also intensified. Needless to say my doctor referred me to a sports medicine doc to figure out what's been going on.
In the in between time I was not allowed to run but could at least do other types of cardio. However it was more difficult to get to the gym and than it is to just grab my running shoes. Luckily I haven't gained anything but I have noticed my progress slow down a smidge. Not that I am complaining... just making an observation.
Last week I finally had my appointment with the sports medicine doctor. All week I was mentally making plans for new running routes. I purchased new running shoes. Got a new arm band for my phone. Even a new sweatshirt to run in the rain in. I was pretty sportive I would be cleared to pick up where I left off without more than additional stretches or something.
Without getting into all the medical blabber... it never even crossed my mind that I would not only not be allowed to run.. but end up completely restricted from most forms of exercise. But sadly, that is what happened. Apparently I do not have shin splints but have been systematically damaging myself for the last few months. Now, I have been sentenced to physical therapy for a minimum of 6 weeks before even thinking about anything else.
Never in my life have I been so motivated and focused on my health as I have been the last few months and it seemed like such a cruel joke that one big component of that process has been taken away. Yes realize how important it is to be healthy and physically strong... but talk about discouraging!
So I am now about 4 days after being limited and I have gone through all of my normal routine. Already panicked. Pretended I was fine and took the dog for a overzealous walk, spent hours doing research. And finally came up with a plan.
Swimming, rowing and biking make up the grand total of types of exercise I can partake in over the next few months. As it turns out, I have a community center with a great pool and even better hours less than a mile from my house on my way to work. Said community center also houses a lovely state of the art gym with a plethora of rowing and biking machines for less than my actual gym costs me.
Today will be my first go at lap swimming instead of swimming for fun. Today will be my first real bit of activity for almost 4 weeks. (besides poorly planned walks and weak runs). Today is the start of my new workout regime. And I can't wait.
Last week I felt like life certainly played a cruel joke and gave me some stupid dumb lemons... this week I've made myself a lovely glass of lemonade!