One year ago (exactly) I slipped and tore my hamstring. While I was insanely lucky, mended without surgery and did NOT miss much work, (amazingly as I look back) I couldn’t seem to run without pain and tightening in my ankle. No matter how much I tried rebuilding the strength with running and exercises specifically for the ankle, every time I went out to run, the sensation in my ankle would stop me within a minute. Then came summer and with it came my desire to start swimming laps.
The bad news is, I now need a rehab facility for swimmers because I am totally addicted and soon it will be too cool to swim! The really, really good news is somehow while I was busy swimming, my ankle situation seemed to resolve itself. How I know this is because yesterday Mitch and I went up to the trail to walk and run and I was not only able to run a mile physically pain free (running is ALWAYS mentally painful for me) but I was also able to run sprints pain free as well! There are so many morals to this story, but certainly remembering to be eclectic and mix things up is a big one. Now when the weather gets too cool to swim, my rehab will take place on the roads and on the track. Until then, I will try to run some days and swim others–the best of both worlds.
This lesson on mixing things up–it should help ease the mind of those that are injured and need to learn to appreciate other types of movement. Whatever doesn’t kill us, really does make us stronger… physically, mentally and spiritually.
One short week till Biggest Loser season 10! I NEVER wish time away, but I can hardly wait!
Whatever your day holds for you, I hope you will see your glass as at least half full. Personally, my cup “run-neth” over!