12 January 2009

What a Pain in the Ankle

photo of a huge rock split in two and captioned chuck norris was hereFor the past two weeks, I have not been exercising as I should. This may not come as a shock, because most of us took a break for the holidays. However, my absence from the exercise world was not one of choice; it was one of necessity. Stupid here, got himself injured while working out.

I woke up on a Tuesday with a sore ankle and instead of just foregoing my inverted leg pulls, I went ahead and did them anyway (this particular exercise puts a great deal of strain on the foot and ankle). All went well until later in the day when my ankle got worse and worse. By dinner time, I was back on my crutches and by the next day, I could barely put any weight on my foot. I spent my New Year's Day in bed with my foot propped-up on a pillow. As of this writing, I am able to walk around again, albeit with the use of a cane, but still able to get around.

I wasn't going to mention this at all, but I feel that there may be someone out there who can learn from my stupid mistake. You see, I got over-zealous and did not listen to what my body was telling me. Yes, I usually have pain when I am working out, but it is a muscle pain, which is normal. This pain was not an exercise-related pain. This was a "something-is-not-right-don't-push-your-luck kind of pain." (have I used the word "pain" enough?) Well, I pushed my luck and I paid the price. Moral of the story: Listen to your body and pay attention to what it is telling you. I am hoping by the end of this week to be able start working myself back into an exercise routine, which will be my topic for next time.

5 comments:

  1. Good advice, if something doesn't feel right, stop and figure out the problem , don't ignore it. Take one tep back before two forward otherwise you will be on the injury path, which is long and winding road.

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  2. Martin in Bulgaria: So true. I knew that I shouldn't exercise, but I went ahead and did it anyway...not real bright.

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  3. Ouch! Hope your ankle gets better real soon.

    LOVE that picture!!!

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  4. I hope you are pain free soon. The Nordic Track is waiting!

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  5. Rebecca: Thank you, it's almost back to normal:)

    BeadedTail: I'm pretty close to being back to normal. Nordic Track?? What's a Nordic Track?

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