I’ve been holding back the posts to FB regarding my ankle for fear of getting a scolding about running marathons. Those who don’t partake in this activity, and even some who do, don’t seem to appreciate my desire to continue running at this level.
Earlier this week, I got a bit of unsolicited opinion from a colleague on the topic. She shrugged her shoulders at my expressed frustration for being immobile (by my standards), then suggested I choose another sport and give up running all together. As if she was all-knowing of the physical body, she scoffed my insistence that I would return to running. “Okay, but there are tradeoffs…” she insisted. Yeah, I thought, like a healthy heart, reduced stress level, reduced risk for osteoporosis to name a few.
Truth be told, the tradeoffs for NOT running (OR practicing yoga) are not pleasant. My body has been stiff and my left knee and right glute have been screaming at me for several days. I’m not sleeping and I’m gaining weight.
– I sit at work.
– I sit in my car.
– I sit at the baseball games.
– ALL I ever do is sit!
– And I am certain that all this inactivity is doing more harm than good!
I have an appointment for an orthopedics / sports medicine consult in a couple of hours which, I must admit, I am a bit apprehensive about. I would love to see my x-rays with my own eyes. I would also love to have them pinpoint the issue at hand (or ankles in this case) and prescribe a plan of attack to get me off my butt. I do not want to be told to give up running; I want to be told how to get back at it.
Please, say a prayer, cross your fingers, or send good vibes. I can use all the help I can get.