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Injured Workout Log: Tests, Swim and Spin

My workouts last were week were all over the place.  While recovering from the injury, I don’t have anything strict and I workout when I feel like it.  I don’t have “a plan”.  I do my PT exercises daily to build strength to my ankle and go to the gym/pool when I’m motivated.  This log is all over the place, though.

swimming

First, my food poisoning finally simmered down last Sunday.

Since I found out about food poisoning and a fractured foot within two hours of each other, posts about food poisoning took a back seat.  In summary, I had a rare form of food poisoning caused by under cleaned seafood.  I had to get a series of shots as well as a blood test to make sure it wasn’t a more dangerous form.  I don’t think I mentioned it on the blogging space, but the food poisoning was a huge deal. If I had “only” gotten food poisoning, it would have been enough to knock me out of training for at least a week.  Since I wasn’t running and had other things going on, it took a back seat.

Since I did get a lot of blood taken for the tests related to food poisoning, I had to delay getting blood tests for my Calcium, Vitamin D, and Cortisol levels.  Once they were able to take blood for that, my levels came out in the normal range.  It was once again surprising.

The final and most important test (to me) was the Dexa test.  The Dexa test measures bone density.  Anyone can have what is considered “normal” calcium and Vitamin D levels but the Dexa scan could indicate osteoporosis or low bone density.  Mentally, it was a hard test to take because I wasn’t sure I wanted to hear the results. My bone density came out surprisingly normal and not even in the Osteopenia range.

So here I sit, four weeks off from running.  It doesn’t feel like it’s been four weeks but I was mentally exhausted from running.

What do we know? 
  • We know my bone fracture wasn’t caused by low bone density or poor nutrition.
  • It could have been caused by rolling or spraining my ankle, except I never felt a point that would indicate I did either.
  • It could be caused from running high mileage, except I probably ran on it for a significant amount of time with no suspicion of a fractured bone.
  • It could be caused by my form which puts an abnormal about of pressure on my fifth metatarsals and metatarsals in general.
What did I do last week?
Monday:  Rest
Tuesday: 1 Hour Spin Class+30 minutes core
Wednesday: 45 mins AMT+30 minutes core
Thursday: Rest
Friday: 45 minutes AMT+30 minutes core
Saturday: Swim (3000 Meters)
Sunday: 30 minutes core+ Swim (2000 Meters)

My foot didn’t hurt doing any of the workouts  I don’t have any structured plan but I’m going to classes and working out when I want.  I wasn’t able to get on the Alter G treadmill yet but the timing didn’t work with my schedule last week. I was allowed to run on it.

I am allowed to attempt a short 1 mile run in exactly one week and see how it feels.  My foot and ankle don’t hurt now, so I’m hoping for the best.

Running Related Posts from Last Week:
A Few More Weeks of Rest
So Why? 
8 Things Runners Training through the Summer Understand

Questions for you:
Have you had a mysterious illness, sickness or ailment?
How was your week of workouts?

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12 responses

  1. Maybe all the swimming and spinning will get you into triathlons! 😛

    I hope your foot heals up soon. When I got my stress fracture, we didn’t really know what caused it either. I got mine on my fibula, which isn’t really a load-bearing bone, so it was a little weird. I’m glad you are finally feeling better from the food poisoning too.

  2. I always enjoy mixing up workouts when I’m injured. I miss taking spin classes so that’s one of my goals for the next couple weeks. All of my injuries seem to be mysteries so I’m used to that frustration of not knowing why or how. It’s not easy and I’d almost rather know exactly what it is and how it happened to make it easier to prevent in the future. It seems like you’re taking all the necessary steps though to get healthy and make sure it doesn’t happen again!

  3. It’s funny that we’re both talking about bone density today but that is such good news! Now you just have to stay patient through the rehab… hope you’re back out there soon!

  4. Despite not being able to run yet, you got some great workouts in. The cross training will only help you when you can run again, and plus you were able to mix it up with so many different kinds of cross training, from swimming to AMT to spin and core. Glad to hear that the tests came back with good results as well!

  5. I’m really glad to hear you are on the mend. I know you were having a little bit of mental burnout on running, and I think the rest and crosstraining will help get that itch back once you are all healed up. Props to you on surviving a spin class. I tried it once…I just don’t think its my fav.

  6. I think that you will be able to maintain your fitness throughout this. Sounds like you won’t be out for all that long, and having that anti-gravity treadmill will be really helpful once you get to use it. I like that you are focused on getting better and maintaining fitness and not wallowing. Wishing you a speedy recovery!

  7. Oh LORDY, talk about a double dose of RUDE! I’m glad your tummy feels better, if even in the slightest. Nice workouts — keep that endurance, and I’ll keep you in my healing prayers!<3

  8. Yikes, what a tough week. You’ve got the right mentality for this, though–not following a plan and just doing what you want to do. We both swam twice this week! 🙂

  9. I know it’s frustrating cause you can’t pinpoint an exact reason this happened, and it doesn’t seem like you did anything wrong, but hey at least you’re getting the mental break you need. And it’s a great thing all the tests are coming back normal!

  10. I’m so sorry about the food poisoning. I can’t imagine how scary it was to not know if it was the dangerous form of food poisoning or not. No matter what, food poisoning is not fun. So happy you’restarting to feel better!

    Yay for swimming! I missed reading about swimming on your blog from the good ‘ol days! I think it’s great you’re taking this time off of running to work on your PT exercises, core work, and cross training!

  11. i swim and aquajog now to supplement my running – do you do workouts in the pool or just straight laps? I’m looking for anything to break it up, I usually only cover about 1600m or 30min..because I get bored mostly!

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