For the first time in more than a year, I had to put a halt on all training for several days due to a clumsy injury to my ankle. Last week I was out on a run doing a set of ladder intervals (my favorite) and toward the end I had to step off the path to dodge a group of people who were coming in the other direction, taking up the whole width of the path, and didn’t move over at all. I stepped sideways into what seemed to be a large sprinkler hole, rolled my ankle, and went down.
After the initial rush of heat and tingles, I was able to jog slowly back to my house. But as soon as I took off my shoe, the pain and swelling quickly set in. My physical therapist taped it up, told me it was a sprain, and advised me to stay off it for several days – no activity. Please don’t judge my ugly middle-of-the-winter foot.
Grumpy Kristen spent five days doing nothing but resting, icing, and elevating on a cozy couch. Rough life, I know. In my experience, when you have an injury you baby that injury as much as possible so that you can get back in the game. No cheating or shortcuts for me. It was a busy week of work, which was good, and grading lengthy papers kept me occupied. I also started watching the first season of Parenthood, which sucked me in immediately, and took an occasional nap or two.
I will admit however, that as soon as I could walk on my ankle without pain, I tested the waters and went on a run. Success. Me being a good patient paid off. There is a tiny little twinge every once in a while when I run, but nothing bad enough to hold me back. This week was all about running in the rain and wind, and treating myself to a loveable cup of coffee when finished. When you have a friend who is as crazy as you are when it comes to running in stormy weather, it makes it all that much easier.
Justin and I are headed to Hawaii tomorrow!!! I’m not sure I will get much sleep tonight, given that our flight departs at 5:10am, but at least that means we will arrive in paradise before noon. I have a collection of magazines to occupy me during the eight hours of travel and will likely purchase a few books in the airport. Every time I am in an airport I HAVE to buy a book. Something about it… Does anyone else go book crazy in airports?
During the trip I am hoping to read A Life Without Limits by Chrissie Wellington, as so many people have recommended it to me. I thought about starting The Art of Racing In The Rain, but I don’t know if that one is too deep. I’m primarily looking for an easy or fun read for poolside/beach lounging. Any recommendations? I’m really good about reading books while on vacation, but if I don’t finish them, they tend to linger when I get back home. Life.
We are staying in a large house on the Big Island within the Mauna Lani Resort area and will be joined by Justin’s family later tomorrow night. We’ll have access to a beautiful 25M lap pool as well as plenty of paths and trails for running. I’m hoping to swim in the ocean a couple times as well, as I have snorkeled and waded around, but have never actually done any open water swimming in the ocean. I see lots of swimming and running in my immediate future, and there may be a little mountain biking thrown in there as well.
I’ll be checking in around mid-week with little updates from my trip! For those of you who have been to the Big Island → any recommendations on where to eat, cool places and sites to see, remarkable beaches, etc.? What is one thing we MUST do?!
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