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Two steps forward, one (big) step back

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

I was delighted to run for 40 minutes on Saturday - the most I'd done since breaking my ankle at the end of January. As I was still feeling good on Sunday I walked briskly up a local hill and back, taking 1hr 25 minutes. This is far less than I used to do but I was determined to build up gradually and not cause any secondary injuries through doing too much too soon.

On Monday, still feeling fine, I did a Body Pump exercise class at lunchtime, including some jumping on and off a fairly high step whilst holding a 5kg weight in each hand. I'm guessing this was the mistake although it felt OK at the time.

A couple of hours later, getting up to walk across the office, I got a shooting pain in my ankle which stopped me in my tracks. Although it eased a bit, walking was difficult and hurt. However, I had to get home and that meant walking and as I hobbled along by the river, the pain subsided until I could walk properly again.

Great! I'd been due to meet a friend at the Leisure Centre and go for a run so as I felt OK again, that's what I did. Only for 20 minutes on an even surface at a gentle pace and my ankle was fine for the first two-thirds of the run. After that it started hurting again and I still had to walk home.

By the time I'd cooked tea, my ankle was throbbing even when I sat resting with it elevated on cushions. It kept me awake for a time last night and has continued to be painful all day. Sometimes not too bad for walking on, other times, walking is very difficult.

I went to doctor who said it wasn't the bone or any serious setback, just a frustrating blip on the road to recovery. It's good that I haven't done any serious damage but it's still very disappointing.

Just as I was beginning to increase my running and planning to fell walk and see my running friends! Instead I've got to rest, ice and elevate it and take pain killers and anti-inflammatories.

So, no running, no driving, no walking other than the bare minimum, which also means no swimming. A big set-back.

I'm going to have to be very careful with calories now that my exercise level is taking another nose-dive.

The Summer 5% Challenge just took on a new level of challenge!
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    Hey, I am so sorry for your set back!! Look into some of the seated exercises on Spark, and you can always do leg lifts crunches etc, chair and floor work until you can walk / run!! emoticon
    1721 days ago
    Whew, I'm SO glad you didn't re-break it or something though! I know this has to be incredibly frustrating for you. It's so hard to live carefully, isn't it? Doggone it. Well, I hope this heals up quickly and you can get back out there and back to doing what you love. Take care of yourself, buddy!
    1721 days ago
    1730 days ago
    Oh no! I hope you are back to fully functional soon!
    1730 days ago
    emoticon I hope you are well sooner than soon!

    Take care of that ankle! I so understand I have a lifelong issue with my ankle.
    May you heal well! so you can be back at it all!

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    1730 days ago
    Ouch. That's rotten luck! Maybe just no jumping (with weights) for a while, huh? I know how excited you've been to join your friends and run & walk. Hopefully you can add those back in soon. Good thing you didn't do any damage! emoticon
    1730 days ago
  • KIMPY225
    Sorry to hear about the pain during your recovery! Keep pushing forward!
    1730 days ago
    Get lots of rest and keep that ankle elevated! I know it's tough to be sedentary right now, but better to heal than risk serious injury again. I'm hoping the time goes quickly for you.
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    1730 days ago
    Rest up and come back stronger!
    1730 days ago
    I hope giving it a rest helps and you are back to normal quickly.
    1730 days ago
    Oh dear, Lindsay! I'm glad that you didn't do any serious damage to it, but definitely understand how frustrating it would be to be hurting again. Take care and I hope you heal this setback quickly!

    1730 days ago
    Lindsay- what a cruddy twist of fate!!! I am so sorry you have had this setback. The mother in me wants to say -you over did it- that was a LOT of stress on your ankle for just starting back to your old activity level. Slow down!!! I know how anxious you are to get back out there, running was a great release for you and you spent a lot of time "out there" . Yes, please- ice and elevate!
    I love your new picture. I can see the close up of my friend....and long hair!!!!
    Go have a cup of tea....and go easy on your stairs!=Kris
    1730 days ago
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