First, some house keeping:
All Drenched 5K event registrations are open! You can now register for any city in the US and use the $10 discount code DRENCHEDMOM. I'm so excited for the Drenched 5K to come to Columbus. I believe I've mentioned it a time or two.
The winner of the iBodyFit membership is: Danielle from It's a Harleyyy Life. Congrats, Danielle!
The Columbus Electric Run's registration price goes up at 11:59 tonight! If you haven't registered yet, do it today! Use discount code RRMR and save 10%.
Now that that's out of the way, here's a calf update: I'm healed!
I saw my ortho six weeks after the injury, he told me to continue with physical therapy and move on with my life. He also said, "See you later." I said, "I sure hope not."
Have a nice life, Doc.
When I started physical therapy, I was told that I could run (intervals), but no jumping. No plyometric exercises at all, no speedwork, no hills. I gave up my Cathe DVD and when I swung the kettlebell with Gin, I did a step-together instead of the jumping shuffle.
My awesome PT, Brent, had me jump while I was with him, but still told me no jumping at home.
Fast-forward to my last day of PT. Brent and I had a long conversation about my calf and why it happened. He really thinks it was a fluke. It falls into the "shit happens" category of life. There was nothing I did to cause it and nothing I could have done to prevent it.
But there was something weighing on my mind.
I don't wear shoes when I workout, unless I'm running, of course. I do my DVD workouts in my family room in front of the TV. I don't want to wear out my carpet with shoes, so I workout barefoot.
The first time I did my Cathe DVD, my ankles were sore the next day because of all of the jumping. The second time I did the workout, my ankles were better. My thought: I'm strengthening my ankles. This will only help me with trail running, should I ever venture back into the woods. Right? But maybe that's not right. Maybe I did this to myself.
I laid it all out and braced myself for his response.
No. I didn't cause this by working out barefoot. Whew.
He did advise that I ease myself back into my plyo workouts, similar to how I eased back into running, two minutes of exercise and one minute of rest.
I haven't done it yet.
Running is what I love and right now, I can run with no restrictions. It's glorious. I was doing a jumping exercise when I hurt my calf. That's pain I never want to feel again. Ever. I'm terrified to try it again.
I'll get over it eventually. I'm pretty sure I will.
For now, I will run. I will complain about the humid weather and the elbow sweat, but I will run and I will love every single minute of it.