I tried a thing!
I tried a yoga thing!
In a class with other people!
I didn’t hate it!
It was hard work and I am (as we already know) not so flexible in some planes…but I think I enjoyed it… enough to try again at some point any way!
And…I got to wear my amazing Yoga Grrrl Attitude t shirt 😀 always a bonus! (it is of course from the amazing Grrrl Clothing…go and see them…no I am not paid to say that…)
I do still prefer pilates! That is defintiely coming back onto my workout rota! I had fun in yesterdays class though as the it was taken by Matt the trainer :-D.
It was also empty in the studio before hand so I could take a genuine gym selfie which makes me look like i have massive shoulders 😀
OK…so…I have learned that apparently it is possible to get injured, miss dancing for three weeks… and the world does not end!
and…more importantly, you heal if you are not stupid about the whole thing!! If you don’t ignore it and do stuff despite the pain, you heal quickly and get back to doing stuff!!
and most importantly…I danced some dances at practice last night!! I was moderately sensible about the whole thing…I warmed up then stretched my foot and calves… then danced and rested between dances or every two dances! It was all remarkably sensible…
Dancing is awesome!!
I missed dancing!!
I can be part of the side without dancing…
I really enjoyed mostly playing the tambourine at Saturday’s dance out.
I have been enjoying learning more recorder.
But really…I am all about the dancing!!!
I am still quite overexcited!!
Woohoo I am back in the game people!
So excited! I deadlifted this morning for the first time since 15th August!!
It was awesome!! I am not at as heavy a weight as I was…but I had 5 weeks off!!
But I did it and I am really happy about it!! We designated it back day and threw in some rows…
and I got a new PB!! 45kg rows for 3 twice 😀 woohoo!!! All this upper body work is paying off!!
The first (slightly irrelevant) question is why does wordpress think I have misspelled positivity? It doesn’t even give me any alternative spellings, just “positive, positivism and positivist” as alternatives… I have checked it in the OED so it must be right…
Oh well…that is not the point of this post…
The point of my post is that after the over dramatic (possible over reaction) that was Tuesday, I am now feeling a lot more positive about this whole thing! I am not going to say I am happy about not dancing, and not gymming, but my foot is very definitely on the mend and I am not feeling quite so hopeless!
Not hopeless at all actually
So here are the positives 🙂
- I can still go to dance outs and be part of Mythago, I am currently learning the recorder and have a drum so can be a pretend musician / drummer for the injury duration. This is not quite as fun as dancing but I still get to play out with my friends and noone forgets that I exist.
- I can still work out upper body stuff…which needs to catch up with my lower body anyway so yeay!
- The realisation that this whole exercise / lifestyle thing is really that. In realising how sad it made me not to be able to do it, I have reiterated to myself that I have genuinely made the transition from exercising because I have to into an active lifestyle that involves exercising because I love it!
These are huge positives for me 😀
and because I am not into “inspirational” photo quotes I am going to leave you with a photo of Mythago that I took 4.5 years ago, before I started dancing out!
When I say realised, I did know really, but I have only recently fully come to appreciate what a huge part of my life this all is.
By this I mean, exercise in general and dancing specifically!
Ok…I’ll start at the start… and attempt not to over dramatise. Although I can’t promise that last one, I do tend towards the dramatic!
Last week, during a perfectly ordinary dance practice, I was dancing one of my favourite dances when there was a sudden and unexpected feeling that someone had kicked me really hard underneath my foot. My initial reaction was “who kicked me? what is going on?” and thinking this was what had happened, I attempted to carry on dancing…
This soon proved to be a mistake and I hopped off to the side of the room..literally…I couldn’t put my foot down at all by this point…
Then people got me a chair, and i poke my foot, decided it was better put my shoe on, tried to stand and nearly fell over…
It was not better…
It is still not better…
It is some sort of severe, sudden onset Plantar Fasciitis with, according to the hospital, some tears in the fibers of the plantar fascia.
There is a lot to say about what plantar fschiitis actually is…
Luckily someone who is not me has already written it down. So if you want to know more, go ahead ad click on the picture it will tell you all about it.
I am going to tell you what has happened to me afterwards…
I spent the first 4 days on crutches, I couldn’t even stand on two feet without them, I then moved down to 1 crutch and today and yesterday I have been able to walk slowly without crutches.
I have had to rest.
yes, you heard it here first (unless you are my friend on FB or in real life in which case you *may* have heard me complaining…a little…) I had to rest, no walking, no running, no gym, and no dancing.
And I have hated every minute of it!! I appreciate that it is necessary but I hate it.
I have been doing some slow walks now I am recovering, but I really can’t do any more.
I can’t even think about dancing, and it is making me into a crazy emotional wreck! I hadn’t anticipated until right now, how much a part of me this whole thing has become. To not be able to dance feels like not being able to breathe!
I know I am being dramatic.
I know it has only been a week.
I know it will get better and I only have to be patient.
But it has effected me in a much less rational way than I expected. I am alternating between stubborn positivity and crying.
On the positive side, it is an opportunity to play my recorder more, it doesn’t mean I can’t be part of Mythago, I just have to be a different part for a while.
On the negative side, I am irrational and crazy and assume I am being a nuisance to everyone! It has seriously turned me into a crazy person!
It is the same with the gym and exercise in general, I really really hate not being able to do things. This is not so bad though as I will be able to go back an train upper body soon (hopefully tomorrow).
So there it is, I know it is not the worst thing that could happen, and I have probably not put it across that well, but it has made me realise just how much I have changed my life since I started this!
It has also made me learn some things:
- Rest is a real thing
- Don’t neglect stretches
- Calves really shouldn’t be *that* tight
- Don’t neglect stretches (yes I know I mentioned this…but it is important)
- Don’t ignore niggley little pains
I am on the mend, and I just have to be patient, so I will keep you posted!