Happy Global Running Day 2016! After spraining my ankle 2.5 weeks ago, I knew I wouldn’t be running today, but I didn’t know where on the scale from “totally couch-ridden” to “running grapevines” I would be. Turns out that I’m still on crutches somewhat, but this morning was the first time in 2.5 weeks that I can finally see some definition in my foot and it doesn’t look like 1,000 bees made it their pincushion. The bruising is still there (and some pain and tenderness), but this is as close to normal as I’ve been, which makes me hopeful that I won’t need surgery…
So, yeah, this has been a very painful and excruciatingly slow healing process. It also made me realize that the best place to injure your right leg is in NYC because you don’t need to drive there like you do almost every other place in the United States. I also learned that you can’t river kayak with a sprained ankle because you need to put pressure on various points on your legs (including your feet and ankles) to control the boat. So, my kayaking trip planned months ago to Bend, Oregon, resulted in me hitching a ride with my friend, crutching down to the riverside, and taking pictures like an injured stalker. At least it was a beautiful place to spend a few days, and it was nice to get out of the house.
I hope to look back on today’s Global Running Day as only a brief interruption in my running life, and the start of a newfound ability to do one-legged squats (which, yes, I honestly thought were impossible or only for Olympic-level athletes, until I had to live with basically one leg for 2.5 weeks and realized just how easy my legs have had it all these years).
How did you celebrate today’s Global Running Day? Did you know it’s also National Go Barefoot Day, National Hazelnut Cake Day, and National Heimlich Maneuver Day? Have you ever gone river kayaking? Share in the comments!