Regarding my ankle. I really appreciate the encouragement and suggestions from Monday's post. There were a couple of people who suggested that it might actually be a break, and I've honestly wondered that myself. And while it's probably time for yet ANOTHER visit to the orthopedist, at $50 a pop, it's hard to make that appointment when deep down I think he'll just do another x-ray and tell me "these things take a long time to heal" - heck, I could find other ways to waste $50, you know? Just to keep you all updated, here's what has been done since January:
- visit to doctor day of injury, x-rays taken, referral to orthopedist
- visit to ortho, more x-rays, bone contusion diagnosis
- no improvement, MRI done, confirmation of bone contusion diagnosis
- no improvement, second opinion with a different ortho, more x-rays taken, MRI looked at, confirmation of bone contusion
I do agree with one commenter who noted that I have not, in fact, taken five months off...as I have attempted to run a few times, plus there was that little 10.6 mile race I walked. So yes, I have not given it complete rest. But come ON already! Sighhhhh.
Here's a swimming update, since that's infinitely more interesting than me going on and on about my ankle. So swimming. Who knew???
I've been going to the pool every weekday that I'm in town - four days last week, and it looks like for the next month, it will be five days a week. I've been increasing the time spent in the pool - last week I was up to just about an hour per day, and this week, it's been an hour and 20 minutes. One thing I have to say is that this gives me one heck of a workout. I am T-I-R-E-D afterward - my muscles are definitely fatigued!
I never thought that I could strengthen my arms without lifting weights or doing push ups - but boy, my muscles are not only feeling it, but they are really getting defined again. I haven't seen them like this since I was doing my group workouts (and coincidentally, lifting weights and doing push ups, not to mention burpees), so this has been a pleasant surprise. Also, the other difference is that while I'm worn out, I'm not super sore like I was a lot of times with those workouts. Plus I can actually lift my arms to wash my hair - there were days when, whoa Nelly, that was painful! But I digress. I like how strong I feel as I propel myself through the water, especially when I do the back stroke. I don't do the traditional arm movements with that (haha, does that surprise anyone?); rather, I do a sort of a "sculling/reverse breast stroke" movement. I notice it most in my upper arms, which thrills me as they need a lot of work.
And as for cardio, the side stroke gives me a full-on workout - my heart is pumping hard when I do that one lap after lap! It's a strange feeling to get a cardio workout without sweat, but I swear, it's happening.
Nifty swim fins!
My legs are getting stronger and toned, and again, the muscles are starting to show themselves. However, in a recent picture, there was so much lumpiness going on in my thighs (notice I do not say "quads" when I am in distress over them?) that I was pretty disgusted with myself. But, I am working on that by using the kick board a lot and picturing my strong legs firming up. Also, I'm thinking about getting a pair of these Finis Zoomer swim fins - a woman at the pool, Nancy, uses them and when I quizzed her about them, said that they help her work more of her leg muscles. Which A) sounds good to me and B) hello, equipment! You know how I love my sports equipment! She let me try hers out yesterday and I liked them. Any swimmers out there have experience with these? Stacia?
Swimming Question of the Week: How do you keep track of your laps? I am constantly losing track...even though I try and repeat, say, "four, four, four" over and over while I'm doing that lap, I get to the end and think "wait...was that two or four?" and then I do another set (up and back) to be sure. Anyone have a trick for this?