So, I got decent news at the chiropractor yesterday. Based on how the pain presented, where the swelling was, and which pokes and prods made me scream, he’s pretty sure I’ve “just” sprained (strained?) the tendon that runs from my big toe to my ankle. He did some stuff with ultrasound and electrical stimulation and sent me home with orders to ice it, elevate it, always wear shoes when on standing/walking until the pain goes away, and take ibuprofen for a few days. If it’s not improved by Friday when I go back, he’ll send me for an x-ray. (If it gets worse despite taking it easy, I’m to head for an x-ray sooner.)
But, as you know, I’m kind of an addicted runner. I *need* my run.
Our conversation went something like this:
Me: When do you think I can run?
Him: When it completely stops swelling and hurting, you can try running.
Me: So, if it feels ok Thursday, I can run?
Him: No, you may not run until after I see you on Friday.
Me: Well, then can I go to the gym and do the elliptical or stationary bike?
Him (and you could just see he was thinking – can’t you just sit on your a$$ for a couple of days?): You could try the bike, but make sure you have the pedals adjusted exactly right and stop if it hurts AT ALL and make sure you ice it and try to keep it elevated most of the day …
So, I’m taking his unspoken advice. I’m not only taking a couple of days off from deliberate workouts, I’m also going to try to stay off my foot (as much as possible) for a couple of days. I’m going with the belief that 2-3 days of total rest will result in a faster recovery and fewer days of alternate/non-running workouts. It seems to be working so far as I woke up this morning with considerably less soreness than yesterday morning.
I’m resting, but I’m having to constantly remind myself that taking it easy for a few days
- won’t take away my desire to run
- won’t change my healthy eating habits
- won’t pack on 10 or 15 pounds (and probably won’t pack on any)
- won’t turn my house into a shambles (oh, wait, that would be nothing new…)
- will more than likely result in faster healing
For the next few days, I’ll be rockin’ the KT Tape and Brooks Connect look while I sit on the couch and eat bonbons take it easy and try to maintain at least a little bit of sanity.
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