I’m sorry you didn’t hear from me last week as I promised. I’m always a little disorganized after coming back from a long vacation.
I have to admit that it’s kind of hard getting back into the swing of things after having lived by the pool for three weeks and the only thing I had to worry about was which SPF factor I was going to use for the day.
The Bad News
But, the biggest news I have to share with you from last week is that I do, indeed, have a sports injury. I was diagnosed with achilles tendenosis, which is damage to the achilles tendon.
It’s one of those nasty injuries where you’re forced to abstain from running and have to find some other form of cardio exercise.
The whole “no pain, no gain” thing doesn’t work with this type of injury, as I can attest to.
Not only that, I was told that:
- I have to stop running for a while.
- The only form of exercise I could do to keep my cardio up was cycling, rowing or the elliptical machine. He preferred elliptical because it is similar to running in movement
- I had a 60/40 chance of running in the race as of last week
I cried. A lot.
You know that feeling you get when you’ve really got your heart set on a goal or something that you want and you’ve worked really, really hard for it and just as you are about to enjoy the victory of success, it’s snatched way from you?
There’s a feeling of unfairness. Of loss. Of sadness. Of anger. That’s how I felt. That’s how I still feel.
The Good News
But, things pass. And as I write this, one week has passed and those raw, sad feelings have subsided a little.
I’m now able to see that there is still hope.
I mean, he didn’t say that there was a zero chance that I could run.
I was told that I could continue my training program, only to do it on the elliptical machine.
I was given exercises to do every day which would help to strenghthen my calves
If I did the above, he hoped that he would give me a 50/50 chance or running this week and a 70/30 chance the week after.
So there’s still hope.
And Some Sunny News
The weather was not very good last week. It rained. A lot. Buckets of it.
But, thank goodness for Sunday. Sunday was a gorgeous day and our first boat trip this summer.
Here’s a few pics:
The kids enjoying the wind as it hits their faces.
Nothing like a little R&R.
There’s nothing like catching crab in the summer time (no matter how little they are).
And tomorrow is my visit to the physical therapist. Keep your fingers crossed.
Do your run or some other kind of training? Have you been hurt before? How do you deal with setbacks?