Wednesday, September 4, 2013

The post about letting go of my marathon dream...for now

This was me yesterday.  Bringing Julien to school for the first day of
grade 1. Going back to work in my fall clothes...

It's incredible how in the space of heart beat everything can change.  I got up early this morning for my run (8K on the schedule).  I made it out my door and down to the end of my street.  There was an elderly lady walking her dog (at 6am), I swerved on the side walk to avoid them, went onto an uneven piece of pavement, and went over on my ankle.  I fell pretty hard and managed to slam the left side of my face against the pavement.  I hobbled home and immediately started icing my ankle and my face.  I knew that my ankle was more than sprained.  I've sprained that ankle numerous times in the past and it's never swelled up quite like this.

I waited until 9am, had my hubby drive me to urgent care, got an x-ray and was informed that yes, I fractured it.  I'm currently sporting a fiberglass splint.  I have to make an appointment for the fracture clinic next week where I will be given another x-ray and assessed by the orthopedic surgeon.  I am in shock.  I cannot believe that I am destined to be lying around for the next month or more.  It's my right ankle and I'm in a non-weight bearing splint.  I can't drive.  All I can do is physio exercises.  So that is what I'll do.

It sucks that I'm going to lose so much running, but this isn't the worst thing that could happen. There will always be other marathons.  I will heal.  I'll have to start at the basics with running again, but I'll progress quickly.  One thing that made me feel good is that the triage nurse asked if I was an athlete.  My resting heart rate is 49.  Because I'm in good shape, I'm confident that when I am able to run again, I'll be able to start training for the Chilly half marathon and the Around the Bay 30K at the end of November.

I refuse to let my muscles turn to mush though.  That is why I'll do my glute, quad, core exercises every single day.  I'm also going to focus on dropping a few pounds.  I'm going to be more strict about my food consumption.  Since I can't train right now, I'm cutting out nuts and fruit from my diet until I can run again.  I want to get leaner and found it hard to drop weight while I was training. Now's my chance.  Instead of making this the worst thing thing that could happen to me, I'm going to try and embrace it as much as I can.   I have my health, my family is healthy and life will go on.

In the top center pick, you can see how swollen my face on the right is.

21 comments:

  1. Oh you poor thing! I know that must hurt!!

    tina

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  2. Hi Leigh, I feel really bad for you. However, gifts are often wrapped in problems. I was going to mention that you were waiting to lose more pounds until after your marathon, but now you have a new opportunity to do that now--But you mentioned this already. Personally, I found that it was easier to lose weight when I wasn't working out as many hours. On days where I exercise very lightly as the easiest for eating properly because I'm not hungry from exercise. So try not to get disheartened. I was out of the gym for a long time last year with a broken thumb. But I'm back. And you will be before you know it.

    Do you know my super best-y blogging friend Aimee--the multi-marathoner? I met her when she had a cast on her foot back in 2011--postponing her running training. Her blog is at:

    http://amazinginmotion.wordpress.com

    You should check it out. All of her progress since her cast should give you a LOT of personal hope. :D

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  3. Ugh.... what a day you had! That happeed to me once when I used to get up early In the morning before the sun was up to run. I was jogging and I heard a very clear voice (Jesus) tell me to slow down. Well I didn't heed His voice in enough time and next thing I know I was on the ground, bleeding, sprained ankle and a brand new life lesson badge on my forehead. ;-) Well I pray that your healing is quick and painless, and that you get your running legs back in a timely manner. Many many blessings on those running legs and feet of yours.

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  4. I'm so sorry to hear that you had a bad spill. I've fallen several times over the years, and once I hit my face so hard on the sidewalk that I was sure all the bones were shattered. They weren't, but I overheard some co-workers speculating that perhaps I was the victim of spousal abuse. Silly women.

    Time has a way of rushing by and you will be back running quickly I'm sure. Hang in there. Glad you have a plan. :)

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  5. I'm so sorry this happened to you, Leigh. Dealing with injuries is, unfortunately, a big piece of the endurance sports lifestyle, but it seems especially unfair that this one will derail your very first full marathon. I know you will come up with strategies for dealing with it, and I hope it won't end up being too painful (in more ways than the physical one).

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  6. Oh my Leigh, I am so very sorry! I am so proud of you though and I know it will be ok. You truly are incredible! Sending lots of love and care to you! xo

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  7. So sorry to hear about your ankle! But as you say, you can make some good from this and your appetite will reduce with less exercise. Use this to your advantage. You will run again :)

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  8. Leigh, I'm so sorry to hear about this. Great proactive action to drop the nuts and fruits. ( I find I can work berries into my food most days- low glycimic/carbs).

    You've got the right attitude. Hang in there....once the inflammation from your ankle goes down and you heal, I know you'll learn a lot.

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  9. I'm very sorry this happened to you, hope you heal quickly.

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  10. Wow Leigh! Reading your blog is so much more interesting than watching reruns of Murder She Wrote! You are live, in action, and always have something happening in your life. Sorry about your fall and ankle. Please take time to heal and take care.

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  11. Ouch! I hate the uneven ground monster. I have fallen for his tricks before and he always seems to win. Hopefully it will heal up fast.

    That little fella looks pretty excited to be going to school!

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  12. Aww. So sorry Leigh. I can imagine how it feels to know that you can't run for a while. Don't worry. You'll heal and be back in the game soon. Get better soon! :)

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  13. So sorry Leigh. You will heal and be back in the game soon :).

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  14. Fooey! Love how you turned it around into something positive!

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  15. Ouch, so sorry to hear about your foot. You will be up and running soon. Just let yourself take time to heal.

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  16. that's very sad Leigh, take care. I am so amazed at how you are looking at it postively and taking this time to get to your target weight..love your attitude :)

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  17. What a shame Leigh! Let your body heal 100% and let your family take care of you. Take it easy... except for your physio :)

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  18. I'm so sorry you have to go through this, but I have no doubt that you will turn this situation into an opportunity that will soon have you back on the road - better and stronger.

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  19. I'm real sorry to hear this, Leigh. Here's hoping you heal & recover quickly!

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