This update has been rolling around in my head and it is high time to publish it! I want to get this information out there as I have started a new, busy time in my life. First, let us revisit the foot, the reason I started this blog. As I have written before, I am able to do much of what I sought to do after my surgery. I still cannot run nor can I bend my foot completely into a lunge without a little help first. I can lunge; I just can’t yet step back into a full lunge. I also can run, make that jog, sort of. At the end of the year I began experimenting with adding short intervals of jogging on the treadmill so I could control the surface and speed. I only got up to about 5 minutes of running and not consecutively. I would run one minute and then walk 30 seconds. This is progress! Ultimately, I’d like to be able to sprint. I’ve been more focused on walking, and strength and mobility training than running. (Or jogging, I should really say!) I believe I could build up to jog a 5k later this year. I may work that in to my longer-term goals. Continue reading
I put together a strength training workout that I can do whilst still non-weight bearing. I gathered up all the exercises I knew I could do on one leg while still working out both legs and the rest of my body. With the help of my long time coach and friend, I made a program. I have finished this workout three times now and have changed it slightly each time, as I often do with my programs. It’s important to adapt things to your abilities.
The first time I did it I only did one set. I wanted to see how difficult it was for me and I didn’t want to over do it. I also discarded a few of the exercises because I had discomfort with my foot doing them. The second time, I decided to play with the order of the exercises and do supersets to shorten the time needed to get through it. I like to do supersets because it makes the workout go faster because you move quickly and rest one body part while working another. I did the workout again yesterday and it really kicked my behind. I am a little sore today but if Monday’s workout is any indication, I will probably experience more DOMS tomorrow. It usually takes about two days for me to feel it. DOMS is delayed onset muscle soreness. You can learn more about it here. I actually love the feeling of DOMS as it lets me know that I am getting stronger and my workouts are effective. Continue reading
This is one of those iPod shuffle moments I warned you about– some thoughts from today instead of posting the next in the series.
I just finished watching the Netflix streaming series Orange is the New Black last week. (A fantastic show, watch it if you haven’t already!) A part of the theme song, by Regina Spektor, keeps rolling through my mind as I go about my day: “taking steps is easy, standing still is hard…you’ve got tiiiiiime!” Yes, standing still is hard, especially when you have to stand on only one leg. And yes, I have time. I am trying hard to see that as a gift. It is difficult to do so everyday.
This week I have been particularly isolated. It is my own choice and if I am suffering because of it, I am the only one responsible. Continue reading