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Swimming with a Broken Foot

The Expert left with the kids to go to the gym this morning. As he shut the door behind them, I lost it.  A few minutes later, I scrambled around and picked up the phone and called him, hoping to catch him before he made it far down the road. I was screaming, “Wait! Wait for me! Wait! I’m coming!!” I threw together my swimsuit, goggles, and swim cap, and a change of clothes and hobbled out to the car.

I have been trying to stay off the foot this weekend, but I was starting to go a little mad. I limped into the gym with them. I de-booted by the pool.

I made friends with my pull buoy.

And I swam 1.2 miles. All with the pull float.

I limped out of the water and took way too much care in the locker room, but I now feel like a million bucks. A million bucks with a broke up foot, but a million bucks anyway.

Glad I went, instead of moping on the couch for another day.  Yes, I need to rest the foot. But sometimes the mind needs the exercise as much as the body.  Felt good to move.

I talked to Coach Monster afterwards. (Coach M, who rode 8 hours yesterday in the mountains, and 4 hours today….that’s correct, 12 hours on a bike). He told me to take the swim easy so I don’t bust up the shoulders.  So I will try and swim a few times this week, and continue to hope for a speedy recovery.

For reasons unrelated to my foot, the Expert is bowing out of 70.3 New Orleans. We hope to still go down to the race to cheer on Coach M, Robyn and Luke.  I could have alot of fun in NOLA without a race hanging over my head. Of course, I wish I was racing.  But there’s always next year, and Augusta 70.3 in September. 
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9 Comments

  • Lisa

    March 11, 2012 at 10:17 pm

    Swimming is perfect for an injury like that. It gets the blood flowing down there to speed up recovery, but it doesn't put any pressure on it while it's healing. I know how stir-crazy you must be going. I'm getting a cast off my ankle this week, and I actually had to take a week's vacation just to enjoy my new-found freedom! The first thing I'm going to do is hit the pool.

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  • Amanda

    March 11, 2012 at 11:49 pm

    1.2 miles? You're a total badass! Ans I love that pic of you taken from above – creative AND adorable! Even with a broken foot, you totally rock 🙂

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  • Matthew Smith

    March 12, 2012 at 2:27 am

    I'm SO glad that you found that swimming is such a terrific workout to do with your busted foot. You looked so happy! Way to go!

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  • Leah Reed

    March 12, 2012 at 4:13 am

    I am so glad you got out there and got in a swim. It is amazing what a workout will do for your mindset, especially when you experience a temporary setback! You rock!

    Oh, and I am going to vote….now!

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  • Alecia @ Runner Mama

    March 12, 2012 at 6:06 am

    Just found your blog through the voting. I just started runnermama.com. Glad to find a fellow fitness mama in the blogosphere.

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  • pilatesmom

    March 8, 2014 at 10:17 am

    i just broke my 2nd metatarsal last sunday on mile 9 of a half marathon. it’s a complete brake, not a stress fracture, and my doctor wants me off of it for a week!!! going back monday and hoping i can at least walk on it. she won’t even let me swim yet. was yours a stress fx? what part of your foot. how was your recovery. fill me in on any tips. thanks!!!

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