Wednesday, May 29, 2019: I wake up and can barely walk. My foot, specifically the area around the base of my big toe, is in excruciating pain. What’s especially frustrating is that I don’t know how I injured it. There was no clear moment, the day prior, where I remember rolling it, landing on it funny, or falling. But I did something, because the pain is intense.
There’s no exterior signs of trauma: no swelling, no redness, no cuts or bruises, no bones protruding out of my body. So I start a regimen of icing and elevating it, and popping Aleve. It looks like I’ll be taking a few days off from exercise (at least), but I’m okay with that. I need it. I’ve done 20 races in the past 5 months, and I’m feeling pretty beaten down.
Thursday, May 30, 2019: No improvement. More ice, elevation, rest, and Aleve.
Friday, May 31, 2019: Improvement! Yay! By no means out of the woods, but it’s easier to walk, and there’s much less wincing. My dad takes JJ out for a 3 mile walk, which is great, because JJ’s been getting gypped with walks these past few days.
Saturday, June 1, 2019: Most of the pain is gone, but my foot is still tender, and I don’t want to push myself. I had registered to run the Ferndale Pride 5K race, but I bail. Running would’ve been very foolish.
But I am craving activity, so I head to the gym and do a 45-minute weightlifting workout, all of it seated at machines, so I’m not putting any weight on my foot. I had actually wanted to do this on Friday, at home, with my SelecTech dumbbells, but I never was able to motivate myself, and it didn’t happen. I decided to go to the gym because I knew I wouldn’t slack there. And I didn’t.
Sunday, June 2, 2019: I notice nothing abnormal about my foot at all, and decide to test it with a long walk with JJ. We go for 70 minutes, and cover 3.2 miles. No adverse consequences – yippee!
Monday, June 3, 2019: I continue getting back in the swing of things with a longer walk with JJ: 4.4 miles, which took 90 minutes. I’m beginning to really crave more intense workouts.
Tuesday, June 4, 2019: I use my Schwinn Classic Cruiser bike for 45 minutes, riding 10 miles. It’s a great no-impact workout, and I didn’t put any weight on the part of my foot that was injured, so it was exactly what I needed.
JJ hung out with me while I rode.
I couldn’t resist a selfie with my handsome guy, but JJ was less interested in the camera and more interested in me. No complaints here!
And this is when I got an eyeball lick! Worth it.
I had forgotten that my Classic Cruiser has an odometer, and since that bike arrived at my house, I’ve ridden it 576.3 miles. Not too shabby! (More info on the Classic Cruiser here.)
Wednesday, June 5, 2019: One week has passed since the injury first reared its ugly head, and I feel great, like I was never sidelined at all. I’m not going to do anything high-impact for two more days, though – better safe than sorry!
Today I used my Bowflex Max Trainer for the first time since the injury. It’s a cross between an elliptical and a stair-stepper, so it burns lots of calories but is smooth and no-impact. I completed the Calorie Burn program, where you go until you burn 300 calories. It took me 26 minutes.
Then I went down and used my Classic Cruiser for 21 minutes, burning another 200 calories.
I’m so glad to be feeling better, and thankful that my foot healed quickly. That’s because this weekend is going to be a big one… I’m knocking out three races in two days… and all of them are in a different state. I’ll share it all here next week!
Keep it up, David!
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