Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Autumn Injuries

I have been lazy. During the months of September and October, I allowed myself to slack off on exercise, eat lots of junk, and drink alcohol. Surprisingly, I actually lost weight. Or maybe not so surprisingly...I tend to put on muscle very easily. So even though I lost weight, my pants are tighter and I'm looking , well, dumpy.

Early in October, I decided that enough was enough. I was going to get back to exercising. Only, I broke my toe. So I was resigned to the eliptical machine for about 10 days instead of running.

No sooner had I resumed running than I fell during a drunken dash across the yard. I spun around in midair and somehow managed to land with my full body weight coming down on my shin that was positioned across the oh-so-sharp edge of the step. I got a bizarre bruise that encircled my lower leg entirely. Two weeks later, when it was still discolored and tender, I concluded that I probably gave myself a hairline fracture on my tibia. It still throbbed any time I ran more than 3 miles.

Since I was spending more time on the eliptical and bikes than running, I decided to supplement my cardio with more intensive resistance training. That's when my elbow started to ache. I have given myself a case of tendonitis!

And today a patient forcefully (and accidentally) kicked me square in the shin, right where I had fallen on it 3 weeks ago. As I write, my lower leg is encased in an ice pack because it has swollen to approximately twice its normal size.

I am falling to pieces! My new goal is to get over my injuries.


Heather said...

Ouch!! You've had a rough time of it lately!! Hope you get all healed up and better soon so you can enjoy this Autumn weather!

spleen said...

Augh! I am cringing just picturing getting kicked right in the sore spot. How awful! I think you deserve the rest of the week off.

Diane said...

First of all, I DREAM of looking 'dumpy'. Second, I'm glad other people over 30 still do 'drunken dashes' (it makes me feel slightly less of a delinquent). Third, it hurts when you run more than 3 miles? STOP making me feel like a damned lazy lump! I'm going to stop wanting to be your friend! Fourth, slow down, put your feet up, and FEEL BETTER!