Week 12 was the week that wasn’t. The week that I was unable to walk a single mile. Now I don’t want this to be a woe is me post but then on the other hand I am not going to sugar-coat it either. Achilles tendonitis is unbelievably painful. I started the week cursing the fact that we live in a townhouse and that we don’t have a toilet on the floor of the living-room. This meant that a trip to the toilet would involve me crawling back up the stairs because I couldn’t endure the pain of putting my foot down on the stairs.
The back of my foot has swollen up as has the bottom of my leg. The skin on the back of my foot is so tight from the swelling that I can feel it throbbing even when I am trying not to move. The only thing that relieves the throbbing and pain is taking ibuprofen and paracetamol and keeping my foot raised. However, life as a mother doesn’t really mean that you can sit still and keep your feet raised. You have to carry on. Luckily, my Mum arrived Monday and by then I had progressed from crawling to the toilet to hopping. She insisted that I rest and to be honest I didn’t really argue.
What I hadn’t anticipated was how lousy in general the foot would make me feel. I have felt extremely sick at times from the pain, and I have just wanted to sleep a lot. As the week wore on I started to feel better and I made it to two meetings. I don’t think that the people who I was meeting were aware that I was in pain. Trying to walk normally when really you want to demand that someone carries you into a room, or you want to shout “for the love of….how can this be so painful?”. It was a challenge and the result was that I just plastered a smile on my face and probably came across rather demented. Nothing new there you might scoff.
Despite it being an amazing week on one hand, it was also the week that left me feeling incredibly frustrated and close to tears. This was further compounded by an invite to Bucharest for the weekend for a press trip. Brilliant. I then realised that it was on the same weekend as the Moonwalk marathon and therefore there is no way I will be able to attend. I did briefly wonder if someone was having a laugh or even trying to tell me something. However, I am determined to complete this Moonwalk. Even if I have to crawl it. At this moment in time that is looking very likely.
So here is the worrying bit. Achilles tendonitis can take 6-8 weeks to heal. The Moonwalk marathon is in about 4 weeks. I am in trouble. Serious trouble. Here are the positives. I can now walk about with minimal pain. However, if I push it too far or walk too far then I find myself in trouble. I went out on Friday afternoon bowling with Oldest and Youngest and then had a date night with Mr C. I thought that I had recovered. The next day I was in pain again and my foot was swollen again. I have tried walking a couple of miles. At the time I am aware of discomfort but the next day is even worse, the foot swells up and the pain returns again.
I am going to have to continue to rest and maybe keep testing the water with a couple of miles every couple of days. I am so frustrated at this setback and feel like I am back at the beginning. In a week of not exercising I have already noticed a massive difference in the way I am feeling. I actually miss exercise. Something that I thought I would never say is that I am missing exercise. It appears that when I stop exercising then my healthy eating also goes out of the window.
Be Better Fitness Training
I might not be able to walk but I plan to try some of the workouts on the Be Better Fitness Training portal. There have a range of workouts, with some short 5 mins one. I am going to try some of the shorter ones and see if they help. They key is take it carefully and not to rush it. However, Be Better Fitness Training also offers support 24/7 and therefore, if I have any concerns I know that I can drop a line and ask for some advice. We shall see.
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Disclaimer – please note that I am working with Be Better Fitness Training. However, all words as always are my own.