Yeah, we have all heard the “If Life Gives You Lemons” analogy. You know what? I find that a pretty sucky analogy because sometimes you don’t want lemonade. Sometimes you want a Margarita! That being said though I tend to be a pretty positive person because I learned early on you’ve just got to suck it up no matter what. So if you’ve got to suck on a lemon because that is all you got, you better learn to like lemons.
Now just because I tend to be a positive person does not mean that things don’t get to me. I am not a cartoon character after all. So 7 days ago when i rolled my ankle, I was mad at myself. Then when I realized that this was more than just a give it a few days rest kind of roll, I had a what the Hell moment. I went through the stages (quickly) because as I’ve said I’ve learned long ago that you just have to roll with it.
Maybe it’s not that bad
Why did I go out for a run at night? Idiot.
I’ll rest it a couple more days and I’ll be good as new
I’m loosing everything I’ve worked so hard to build up. Why bother?
Well I better do something to give my ankle/foot time to be 100%
Still not 100%. Bruising is getting better. No pain to walk, but do feel it at the end of the day. Also not good to run as when I stretch it to mimic a run it hurts. Boo Hoo.
I know that I rolled my ankle pretty bad. I know I totally jacked up my foot. Not enough to go to the doctors because he is just going to tell me what I already know. I need to rest it. I need to give it time. I need to do this now, so that I can go about my life.
I will say that nothing compares to running, but I am going to embrace this SHORT recovery time while not letting my endurance slip. It won’t be the same. It won’t be as good, but maybe just maybe when I do start running again I will find that what I’m doing will benefit my running.
Sounds like good enough BS that I can buy it. Although there is some truth to it and cross training really is good for runners.
So today I went to my local gym. I rode the stationary bike for 15 minutes for a total of 3. 37 miles burning a whole 120 calories. Whoop. Whoop. (inserting sarcasm here). Then I did some strength training for my abs, back, and arms. I do need to do this as they say “a woman my age” should be strength training. I’m sure I will feel it tomorrow which will make me not so secretly happy.
I’m going to plan some things out this week. Swimming, more strength training, longer stationary bike rides and a combo of all of them.
I may not get any lemonade or Margarita’s but maybe I can learn to like the lemons on their own.
PS – I miss running
Sometimes it is nice you change up a routine; even when an injury forces you to.