The Crutch Chronicles: Episode 12

I’m fully aware that I didn’t write an injury last week. The thing is, I had no real progress to share. I was just keeping on. I was trying to get into the gym and do my workouts, but I hadn’t seen any doctors or had any real developments to share. However this past week has been a whirlwind of activity related to my injury, so here goes:

 

Where I’m at physically

Last Friday I saw my physio and got some promising news. My power is back to normal in the ankle,  mobility is around 75%, and balance is around 80%. This is all great news; I’d missed so many hydrotherapy sessions that I was worried I’d missed the window of opportunity on the injury, and that I would get permanent damage. Oh and another thing, I’m allowed to run again! Yay! Just to preface, it’s not as exciting as it sounds… but it’s exciting nonetheless. I’ll get into that at the end – I feel like it deserves its own section.

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Exercise

Last week was a crazy week of good workouts:

  • Monday: Kettlebells, 30 minutes of cardio (stepmaster/eliptical/cycle) and abs
  • Tuesday: Kettlebells, 30 minutes of cardio (stepmaster/eliptical/cycle) pull-ups and abs
  • Wednesday: Sandbag warmup, 30 minutes of cardio (stepmaster/eliptical/cycle) and abs
  • Thursday: Rest Day
  • Friday: Kettlebells, 30 minutes of cardio (stepmaster/eliptical/cycle), pull-ups and abs
  • Saturday: Rest day. Exhausted (but in a good way)!
  • Sunday: Sports massage, a teeny tiny run, 40 minutes of cardio (cycle and eliptical) and abs

I’ve gotten into a really good place with my workouts recently- mainly by focusing on doing more functional/strength-based exercises at the beginning and end of each session. Kettlebells, sandbags and the dreaded bosu ball have all formed part of this strategy, and I’ve found myself getting more excited about my workouts, which is great.

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Hydrotherapy 

I managed to get my butt into gear last week- not only did I manage to go to physio, but hydro too! The hydrotherapist really upped the difficulty of my exercises, and I certainly felt challenged! These really focused on my balance and stability, as well as that final 25% range of motion that’s eluding me right now.

Massage

I went to see my trusted massage therapist over the weekend to get some of the scar tissue worked out of my ankle. I’ve been seeing him for about two years, and there’s no-one else I would trust with an injury of this magnitude. He spent a painful half hour gradually breaking down the scar tissue, as well as teaching me certain techniques I could do myself. My plan is to see him again in a few weeks time to keep me on track.

Food

The plant-based lifestyle is definitely working for me! I’ve been incorporating plenty of superfoods into my diet, as well as drinking lots of green tea and other healthy drinks. My focus right now is using food as recovery fuel, and so I’m really trying to eat 1. well and 2. enough.
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Running

As you may have read, I’m now allowed to “run” again. Let’s not be fooled, this is by no means a comeback. I’m still injured and my ankle still swells uncontrollably. However, I’ve been given permission to do 1 minute “slow jog” intervals on the treadmill. I’m allowed to do these once or twice a week, and only on the treadmill, where there’s nothing I can trip over. I did my very first baby run at the gym yesterday, which was a total of six 1 minute intervals, followed by walk breaks. I’m in pain today, but it’s manageable. As for the run itself? It didn’t feel like a comeback. It didn’t feel grand or exciting. But it did feel like progress. It felt like I was moving my body again in a way that felt natural to me. And so that was great, and I am so monumentally grateful for that.

 

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Me: a visual representation

Where I’m at mentally

Mentally, things are okay at the moment. It’s definitely been a weight off my mind to know that I haven’t missed some crucial recovery window- when I mentioned a potential half marathon towards the end of Summer, my phsyio didn’t seem to think it was out of the question. The prospect of having a goal again is very exciting, and it feels weirdly like I’m re-entering my old life and old self. I hadn’t realised how much injury had affected me, but hopefully this shift in perspective will help me get back to normal!

How’s your week been?

 

Lots of love,

Pippa

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11 thoughts on “The Crutch Chronicles: Episode 12

  1. Brilliant news! A little progress can sometimes feel like a massive stride. Back in October, I could barely run at all, not much more than a few metres. Thanks to my massage therapist, I’m now running again and up to 10 miles. Still have to be careful, but what strides I’ve made. Would love to hear you making the same progress 🙂

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  2. Aww, Pippa, I am so pleased you are officially cleared to run again! I do totally know what you mean that such clearance comes with heavy caveats. That has got to be frustrating, to say the least. But what you said about feeling at last like you are re-entering being your normal self really resonated with me. I have felt that way in the past when recovering from big injuries.

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