Posted on June 26, 2014
I wish I could reach through the screen and give you all a giant hug right now! That says a lot because I don’t like touching people.
In all seriousness I genuinely appreciate every single comment, tweet, IG and email of encouragement. You guys have some inspiring stories of overcoming the injury punks. Runners are resilient like that. <3
I’m wineblogging. Yep totally just made up that word. It means that I wrote this post last night while drinking wine with a side of Aleve. My doctor told me it was okay to mix the two together. I am now a doctor.
So…I can’t run or can’t ride so I did something I swore I’d never do: pool running. And I LOVED it!
Isn’t there a song about that? I tried pool running and I liked it…
Yah moving on…meet my new friend.
Lu and I shared a lane at the indoor pool and I have never felt so free like a hippie. Just being able to move my legs with so much space. Pretty sure I had a dorky smile the entire time.
We swam for an hour, I took it easy, just getting used to being in the water without a floatie and mojito in hand. I used an aqua fitness belt to keep help me upright while running. But let’s be honest, it was mostly to keep me from doing the floppy fish or drowning.
Getting into the pool was like magic on the paw. I was shocked at how much better it felt just within a couple laps. The swelling went down, the stiffness in my ankle and joints loosened up and the normal color returned. Trust me,pale white was way better than the purple-ish tone I’ve been sporting.
I didn’t feel any pain at all, if anything just a tiny bit of tightness in the joint of the big toe which worked itself out over time. I was a little nervous about how I’d feel since I am under strict instructions to stop swimming if there is any pain at all.
There are no words for how stoked I am. Let’s just hope things keep going in the right direction now.
Fun story: My doctor told me about how Joan Benoit, winner of the 1984 Olympic gold medal in the women’s marathon. She had knee surgery and did most of her training in the pool. I was really inspired by her story.
I’m not looking for a gold medal, but I wouldn’t mind some new race bling.
We caught a little sun post swim until we got hungry. Can we talk about how Lu has legs for days? She has always been the tallest kid in her class every single year. Boys and girls!
She has been SO helpful this week. I don’t know what I’d do without my girl.
Swimmer friends, what is considered 1 lap? Out and back? Or just out?
What summer activities do you enjoy?
What kind of cross training do you do?