It’s been busy round here. And, dealing with an injury that comes and goes makes things more fun. My work has been busy. It’s actually moving. No. Really. My job is moving its location. I work for a church and we are moving soon. Lots of things to do.
Yes, it’s true. I do something besides just run, ride, and swim. I have a life. I have a family. I even have grandkids. Folks like us aren’t odd or different. We are people just like everyone else. Except, for some odd reason, we like to do things that “normal” people don’t even think of doing. Or at least, it seems that way some times.
With all the things I do regularly, it often takes extra effort to stay motivated, stay patient and work out when I’m supposed to. Now, I have an injury that I’m not 100% where it came from and it doesn’t seem to match up exactly with anything known. So, I’m working on figuring out how to manage both. Or all three.
It seems that the one thing that doesn’t affect my foot is running. I haven’t done any speedwork lately, but some of my runs have been at 11 minute/mile pace. Even those don’t seem to be a problem. I am slowly building miles and will add a 4-miler this week. If I have had struggles in running, it has been things other than my foot.
Last week, I had one morning on the trainer that set my foot pain off. But, now I recognize the onset and get my foot in some ice and wait for a while and the pain goes down. I thought maybe that was the trigger, but I’ve been out on a bike and not have any pain. Go figure.
I’m still only swimming a little, just 16 minutes at at time. I’m doing roughly 300 meters at at time and most of that is breast stroke. I’ll add some more freestyle this week and see if I get any changes.
My most recent bout of pain with the foot happened just like the one that sent me to the ER. Sitting in my chair and move my foot just so (whatever that is) and there it goes. The knot swells up on the top, near the ankle. The pain is horrible. I can’t put weight on the foot at all, but just get it in some ice, give it some time, and I’m fine again.
Yes, of course–I should see a doc. And, I probably will eventually. However, even that seems like a hit-n-miss situation. I’ve had two docs look at is so far and several x-rays. Nobody seems to know anything. Since it appears and disappears, I need to be able to see the doc when it appears. Not that I want to make that happen. For now, if I manage the pressure on the foot, it seems to keep it at bay.
I’m going to build things slowly and continue to manage the pain when it appears. Maybe, if I keep watch on it, I’ll find the actual trigger. Then, I’ll have something for a doc to check.
So, for now, I’ll be patient and I’ll be thankful to God that I still get to work out. I’ll stay busy with my family and my work and just watch out for the foot until I can put things together so that a doc can do something worthwhile. You have to help them out, you know. Happy swim, bike, and run!