In Deep Water 37:11
Monday, May 13, 2007
I woke up this morning with no signs of improvement with my foot. I managed to get an appointment with my Doc who is also a sports doctor. She had a good look at my foot and with just a light squeeze on the metatarsal bone on my second toe she had me shrieking like a sissy. She is almost positive that I have a stress fracture. I am on a cancellation list for a bone scan and I have an appointment with someone tomorrow morning in her clinic to rule out the slight possibility that I jammed my second toe badly and wrenched some ligaments. I limped out of the clinic in a daze, in tears…sound dramatic? You bet! I picked up Giuse from the POV office and although he tried to make me feel better, I felt numb. After about an hour of moping and making a few pathetic calls to friends for words of support (thanks Jude, Matty, Squintch and Shan) I did what I always do when I can’t control a situation…I try and control the situation (or at least find a way to make it better). I did some quick research on the internet and found a 9-week pool running workout plan. I will double-check with Matty but this plan is by Pete Pfitzinger and Matty has sent me the odd article from this coach’s site in the past so I figure it may just do the trick. If I do have to be off my feet for an extended period, I am going to do my best to try and keep my fitness level up as much as possible. I worked hard to get here this year so there’s no way I am going to sit around for 8 weeks. This pool WO schedule is supposed to keep your fitness level going (and may even improve it) just as long as you supply the intensity. I’m in there, like swim-wear (no pun intended). After supper I did the first WO at the Commonwealth Pool with good ol’ Squintch who agreed to join me. I still hold a faint hope that I don’t have a stress fracture but I won’t likely get a bone scan for 2-3 weeks so I might was well get on a program right away.
After a 5 minute warm-up, we did 2 sets of 5 x 90 seconds with 30 second recoveries and 2 minute recoveries between sets. I eased into the first couple of intervals just to be sure my foot was ok. There was no pain so it was full steam ahead. I kept a quick rhythm going and made sure the effort was strong. We actually had a great time. I suspect the monotony will get to me eventually but I am determined to stay with it.