I’ve been working out on a busted heel for about a month now. I take Advil twice a day, I tape my foot up before I teach, I ice it after every class I teach, annnddd every night I pray that it will get better. This past Thursday I presented at a BIG Fitness Conference in Miami. Prior to the conference I told myself once I got through it I would take the next steps in the recovery process… Rest.
Over the course of this past month I’ve been very proactive… Sitting down whenever I get the opportunity, icing… Some days my heel feels fine and other days I can hardly walk. For an active person injuries are TORTURE. I’d rather workout until it breaks then put myself on the sidelines… I know it sounds crazy but it’s just how I’m built.
It’s my job to workout so for me and many of my colleagues injuries are not an option. Unfortunately, this heel spur is not going away… I’ve done everything in my power to curb the pain and it’s still there. Today I subbed out my cardio drills class and it just near killed me. Not only is TheBigGAME! one of my favorite things to do in the world; I created the class, I’ll miss seeing my peeps in my class… Some of The GAMERS are my best friends, AHHHHH!!!
But I guess I’m thinking short term… If I don’t rest my foot it’s just going to get worse… And the recovery process could last months. The reason I haven’t gone to the doctor is because I know what he’s going to say, “take two weeks off aaannnddd if it’s not better we’ll give you a cortisone shot.”
Oh woe is me!!! I’m going to be a big girl and suck it UP! I am a HUGE supporter of when the going gets tough the tough gets going… What doesn’t kill us makes us stronger… BUT sometimes the most effective strategy is to slow down and take a minute to recover, to rest. After all my motto is Passion, Persistence….AND Patience… Oh the patience…
Here’s what you can do for a Heel Injury:
1. Rest – No exercise for at least a week.
2. Ice it, elevate it, Advil it
3. Go to the doctor
4. Wear comfortable shoes… NO HIGH HEELS (Especially you Victor ) hehe
5. And slowly work your way back to recovery – Time is the only real medicine.
As an American New YORKER We live in a culture that’s all about Survival of the fittest, The “Rest when I’m dead” mentality. We run ourselves ragged for the glory of being the winner! I’m as guilty as anyone… rest, what’s rest?
Mentally… Here’s what I’m going to focus on to get myself through.
1. It could be worse, so much worse.
2. Working out is not an option so I’ll focus on eating as healthy as possible
3. Enjoying the moment –I did some laps in the pool this morning annnndddd, because I was in the moment, I thought of something… I could develop a NEW workout in the pool?!
When life gets hard… Here’s one of my favorite quotes, I am a firm believer that everything happens for a reason and if you can go with the flow of life instead of pushing against it miracles happen.
“Whether you believe it or not the universe is unfolding exactly as it should.”