Saturday, July 18, 2009

My Cankle Udate

I have begun "walking" with my right foot again. I wrap it in an ace bandage, squeeze it into a shoe and shuffle slowly, using mainly the inside of my foot. I get around "okay" but I definitely have a long way to go. Here is the foot, ten days after injury. You can see the beautiful coloring I am now getting on it. And do you like how the color changes as it moves up the leg? Nice, isn't it? The ankle bone is still not visible.

I made it through Thursday and Friday at work. Thursday was quite difficult, even though I was behind the counter, working the cash register. My foot really swelled up and became numb about half way through the day. Not a great feeling. Yesterday was better. I think because I knew I only had to make it through the day and then I would have four days off. Oops! That didn't last. They called me this morning and asked if I could come in today. So, I ended up working 12:30 to 7:30. I actually wore shoes today, without wrapping it up. Swelling is definitely decreasing. The pain is subsiding as well. I would say it has gotten better, by about 50% at this time.

I believe I have convinced myself to do a triathlon. That will get me to exercise in other ways besides hours and hours of running, yet still allow me to run and enjoy my trails. When I read about some of you doing long, strenuous bike rides I think it sounds so fun (in a challenging kind of way). And when some of you talk about swimming, I think I have a lot to learn! LOL I do struggle with the idea of exercising without my dog. I know, that may sound silly to many of you but it's all I've done for almost five years now. A lot of the enjoyment I get from my running is doing it with Boomer. And he likes it so much. Sometimes I wouldn't even have gone out at all if it weren't for him. It's something I need to get over, and I know I will, in time. It will be strange at first. Maybe. (I'm thinking out loud here) Because in reality, I've never gone on a bike ride WITH him. And I haven't swam at all since I've had him. Maybe it will be easier than I think. He will still be able to run with me, I just won't run as much. Hmmmm. I guess I can be rational, can't I?!

First though, I need to get my ankle better. I have an appointment on Monday, with the orthopedist that specializes in ankles. Then on Tuesday I have an MRI for my knee. Remember the knee issue (MCL) I was having prior to the ankle episode? I'll bet you forgot all about that, huh? Well, unfortunately I haven't. But, I am ready to get back to exercising as soon as I am told I can!

The SF 1/2 marathon is a week from tomorrow. I definitely plan on going to the Expo on Saturday with Penny and we are going to have dinner in San Francisco (hopefully North Beach). As far as the race on Sunday, I seriously doubt I will be running it. DUH! However, I might start it with Penny and walk and then when she is on her way back, I can go in with her. I won't wear my number unless I think I can walk the entire course though. I don't want to miss out on meeting a few fellow bloggers on Sunday though.

I'm anxious to see what Monday and Tuesday's appointments bring. I'll keep you posted.

Until later.............

15 comments:

Rick Gaston said...

Wow that ankle, whew. I'm glad it's much better. I think you would have fun with triathlon, if you can find a group program that would be even better. I got into tri's through a beginner's program through my local ymca and just had a blast.

Lisa Slow-n-Steady said...

Rainbow foot! Very colorful. Or was that not the look you were going for? LOL

You can do a triathlon. I'm certain of it. Assuming you want to, of course...

Lily on the Road said...

Tech ~ NO ~ colour!!!yikes, you did a really good job on that cankle!!

Oh course you can do a tri, just don't start off with an Ironman!

If I can YOU can....just, please, let's get that ankle all the same colour first. : )

run to eat said...

You can totally do a triathlon. Start with the sprint distance. There are some coming up in Pleasanton. Look up tri-4-fun and tri-4-real. I think the last one is in Sept. There is also the See Jane Run tri on Sept 26th. I was going to do that one but we are camping instead (I did it last year, checked it off the bucket list :)

I totally understand what you're saying about taking on an activity that limits Boomer's ability to join you. I know that is what holds me back from doing another tri. I hate to go running without Mikey. Tried to take him on a bike ride once and that was chaotic (okay, I had the kids with me too.....and we encountered horses.....and Erin was in the bike seat on my bike....LOL.....no wonder it was hard!)

RunningLaur said...

You should grab everything you can at the expo - get your money's worth. Oh, and you'd be great at a tri, too!

I'm thinking it's not so much of a cankle as a folf - foot calf - it completely bypasses your ankle all together!

Missy said...

Yeah, running a dog while riding a bike can be sketchy for you and other walkers/runners/cyclists. You'll still be running 3-4 days a week with the big guy, though...and he may love some swimming, who knows!

Mel-2nd Chances said...

yay for triathlon!! :D I love the variety of the training! Good luck with your appts this week! Keep us posted. That's a pretty colorful cankle. :/

Judi said...

look into xterra races. they are a swim, mountain bike ride, and trail run. you might like them. defanitley nice to be able to swim when i can't run, etc. you might look into swimming now, since you can't run for a while. that ankle looks awful. have fun in sf. i lived and worked in north beach...

Southbay Girl said...

OK...you said cankle-that made me laugh!!! I've seena ctresses that have cankles-yours is so much prettier because it has pretty colours!!

I SO understand the idea of not exercising with your four-legged running partner! I had and still have the same dilemma! I feel like a bad dog mom because I'm going off to do something by myself!! But, I'm really enjoying the swimming! velcro hates water so that makes it easier!!

Lets do the barb's race Half ironwoman in aug 2010.....that's what I'm planning on attempting! lets do it!! Of course we will run some trail races before that! maybe PCTR Montana de oro in Aug????

OMG it's after 10pm, I have to be at work at 630am....8 more wakeups and then i have a life!!

I ant wait to FINALLY meet you this weekend!! I just wish i was coming with velcro so that she and Boomer could play!! nest time!!

Stay positive and strong! keep smiling! And your knee and cankle will get better and you will be back in the land of exercisers!! I promise!!!

Should I bring up a red velvet cupcake on saturday???

René said...

I'm glad to hear you are able to walk on the foot again. It's so easy to take our mobility for granted. I have a lot of stairs in my daily routine so I don't know what I would do. Glad to hear you are going to try a tri! I know I had a blast and learned how to swim. Fear of water turned into enjoyment!

Irene said...

Glad you are doing better. That's one mighty colorful foot!

Jodie said...

Your foot is gorgeous! What a beautiful mixture of colors. =-)

I'm glad its (a little) better.

Yay for a tri! I thought about doing one, have a road bike and everything...but I so can not swim well.

Hope you dr appt goes well.

Maryland Girl aka Michelle said...

I just was catching up on blog world today. It has been a while. Ankle injuries are the worst. I hope it heals well. I hope your knee is better too!
I am jealous that you will be having dinner with Penny in San Francisco! You guys will have fun!

aron said...

hope the appts go well and they have good news for you!!

the first half ends in golden gate park, so its not an out and back thing... she will have to take a shuttle back to the start line. you might know that, i might have just misread what you said :)

anyways i hope to meet you on sunday!!! bummed i wont be at the expo on saturday :(

Looney said...

Sounds like a good plan. I messed my ankle up in a climbing accident several years ago and needed to spend more time swimming and biking.