Exercise, Fitness, Mental Health, Running

Setbacks

Who is surprised – it’s getting warmer out, and yet again, I’m injured.  It’s the same area causing a problem, which to me says I have a chronic issue with tendonitis in my ankle.  The hardest part of this all – I knew something was wrong, but ignored it for almost two weeks before resting.  Long story short friends, if you notice swelling, get it looked at before it gets any worse.

A little over a month ago, I noticed some pain when stretching my ankle, and then noticed that it looked it a little swollen.  It wasn’t too bad, so I kinda ignored it.  It didn’t hurt at all when walking or running, so I didn’t really think too much of it.  Flash forward two weeks, and I had the Nashville Rock ‘n’ Roll half marathon – still no pain, but definitely more noticeable swelling.  I iced and rested as much as one can, the day before a 13.1 mile race.  Even after the race, I didn’t notice anything wrong.  And now, there’s still no pain when walking or running, but the swelling is pretty bad, and stretching my ankle is pretty painful.

The hardest part of all of this: I could have caught this a whole lot sooner.  And now I have to defer a race in a couple weeks because I can’t let this get any worse.

I have hopes of being in my 50s and 60s (at least) and still running.  But that definitely won’t happen if I run through injuries.. and if I don’t figure out what’s wrong and how to fix it.  I’ve got an appointment with a physical trainer to figure out what’s going on, and functional exercises to fix these issues.

I’m trying really hard not to be too much of a Debbie-Downer, but I’m so frustrated. Any running friends have suggestions on what I can do make the most of the time that I’ll be sitting on my butt?  I am not very good at not being allowed to exercise, and could use some pointers on how to make this still feel like a productive time, even if I can’t exercise.

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