Mighty Mommy Monday – Adjusting

It’s Mighty Mommy Monday! Abbie of Farmer’s Daughter and I have decided to challenge you on a weekly basis.  Claim the Mighty Mommy title for yourself — every day, not just Mondays. Every week, we’ll host a link up for you to tell us what you’re doing to take care of your health: workouts, menu plans, how to keep your family active, etc. I’ve set a few goals for 2014, but my biggest is to swim a total of 30 freestyle miles this year! Join us!


Throughout the summer, I’ve had significant pain in my feet and lower legs. My calf muscles are huge so I assumed that they were just tight from all the work I’ve put in. So I’ve iced, foam rolled and toughed it out. I’ve rested and slathered myself in Deep Blue. But nothing really alleviated it. So after a month of stabbing pain in my foot, I called the doctor and got an order to get an x-ray. It took me about another week to actually get in to have it done. And on said x-ray was a crack on a bone in my left foot.

Ironically, those muscular calves {according the doctor} have been part of the problem. They got strong faster than my feet muscles and placed additional stress on my bones. So they gave me an order to get off my feet and not run at all for at least a month. This of course, came a mere 6 weeks before the 1/2 marathon. At that point, I was only up to a 6 mile stretch and I knew that even if I were to resume training after the minimum 4 week break, I’d not be able to complete the race to 1.) my best abilities and 2.) my own satisfaction.

My options were limited and I opted to get rid of my bib, rest my foot and HEAL. It was a hard decision and I {as usual} cried pretty hard over it. But I do feel that I’ve made the best decision for my health. Physically, I think I’m doing a lot better… my health had become quite an issue in the last 6 weeks or so and I was concerned that I was doing more long-term harm than good. At this point, my foot pain has diminished, and my deep fatigue is resolving. I haven’t had a headache in 8 days and I’m so incredibly grateful for that.

Today marks the beginning of my 4th week since my x-ray. And I’m back to exercising. I took the 1/2 marathon off my goals, but I’m only 1.5 miles out from my swimming goal. I need to figure out a workout routine, though. What I Ioved the most while training was the order. I liked knowing I had a plan and right now, I feel like I’m floundering. So this week, I’m going to meet my swim goal and figure out my new routine. But don’t worry, it will still involve a lot of my beloved elliptical. I tried jumping on Thursday. It was painful.

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