I firmly believe there are things in adults that we never outgrow from our childhood. The first of these things would be the desire to do the things we are told not to do. Do not touch that, all we think about is touching that. Don’t say that, we want to keep repeating that. And do not run with a sprained ankle, but I so want to run when it is a perfect Spring day outside! But I didn’t. It has been less than 48 hours since I sprained my ankle running and all I think about is when I will be able to get back out there. I even had a glimmer of hope when the Mayo Clinic suggested “relative rest” allowing for exercise to prevent de-conditioning. Of course I would have to select activities that do not irritate my ankle.
The R-I-C-E treatment is well known. Icing, compression and elevation I have down. I have my frozen lima beans, several ankle braces (including two neoprene braces so I can swim in a brace) and I have a little tower under my desk at work to keep it elevated. Then there is the rest part. I got 7 hours of sleep last night, albeit I did swim last night, and woke up this morning wanting to go back to sleep. So of course I went to the pool. I swam 2,500 meters this morning. My warm up was a little slower than it was on Monday, but I wasn’t flip turning and I push off the wall with only one foot. My main set was just off. My times were consistently 3 to 5 seconds slower than I have been swimming. Usually a good workout wakes me up. I still wanted to go back to bed.
A fellow blogger and triathlete reminded me today to listen to my ankle. Well, my ankle is like a whiney kid and I was trying to smile and ignore what it was saying. Then we got into an argument and the ankle won. Apparently the ankle wants more of my energy to heal itself and I was not giving it enough attention. My doctor confirmed that little fact too. Normally I would have run tonight and I considered taking the 6:15 PM spin class to replace the workout. Instead, I got my work done early and was home before 3:00 sleeping on the sofa. With my ankle elevated. And my frozen lima beans on it. Whiney little pain got its way after all.
Tomorrow I will swim in the morning and see if the added rest has helped my over all energy level. I will be heading to bed early tonight too. The first 72 hours are the most important so a modified “relative rest” will have to replace my more intensive workout schedule – for a few days. I am learning day by day and getting wiser. But it’s wisdom born of pain…. Which reminds me If I have to, I can face anything. I am strong, I am invincible….