As you all know, I have gotten into exercise in a big way over the past 6 months. I have gradually (or not so gradually) built up from being a couch potato to doing 7 hours of Kung Fu and about 4 hours of dog walking/CrossFit/running etc a week. I have gone from hating exercising to craving it. We are always told that exercise is a good thing and you should do as much of it as possible. Well, I am here to tell you that exercise has a dark and dangerous side as I found out this week. Last Tuesday I went for my brown belt in Kung Fu (and I passed!!), but during the warm up specifically running up and down the hall in bare feet, I felt something not right in my right foot. I ignored it and carried on and whilst the next day my foot was a little sore, it wasn’t enough to worry about. I then did a training session on Thursday and another one on Saturday. By the time Saturday afternoon rolled around I was in a fair bit of pain and having trouble walking.
I went to see my podiatrist this afternoon with a swollen foot and in considerable pain and was told that I have either a stress fracture or a tendon/soft tissue injury and am now off to have x-rays and an ultrasound tomorrow morning to find out exactly what I have done. Currently I am sitting on the couch with an ice pack on my foot and am missing being at my Kung Fu class more than I thought I would. The best case scenario would most likely see me on complete rest for a least a couple of weeks. Not happy Jan!I want to go punch the crap out of things!
However, something good did happen this afternoon, I was referred to as a “sports person”. That’s right, old former couch potato me is a sports person according to my podiatrist who told me that as sports person that I should expect these types of injuries from time to time. Part of me is kinda chuffed to have a bona fide sports injury, the rest of me is pissed off that this sports injury is going to keep me from actually doing any sport.
It is going to be a long recovery period.