To complicate my life, I whacked my right pinky toe on the coffee table Sunday night. I didn't think I hit it that hard - it really didn't hurt that night. But Monday morning when I was getting ready for swim practice, I put on my work shoes (as opposed to old running shoes) and couldn't take 3 steps. Crapola. Probably broken. And I've got a 10k in a week (that I still need to register for) and ski season. Right now, I can't fathom putting this toe in a ski boot.
|toes are so ugly. its hard to tell, but I had a DARK purple bruise. Probably worse |
than my CDA toe. also: you can still see my surgery scars
Yesterday my toe felt good enough to try running. I ended up hitting the gym treadmill because it was maybe 5 degrees out and I didn't want to freeze-burn my lungs. I ran last year in ~10 deg temps, and while it was AWESOME at the time, the next day I was hacking and wheezing like I was a lifetime smoker. So this year, I'm going to try and be a bit smarter and run inside when its cold. I also didn't think it was a good idea to run on slick surfaces with a potentially broken toe. See, I'm trying to get smarter.
I am completely out of my routine for going to the gym for non swim practice type things. I put my clothes on at home, grabbed a water bottle, got my gym ID out of my gym bag and headed out the door. When I got to the gym, I realized I forgot my MP3 player at home and that my headband (to control hair whisps) was in my gym bag, which was also at home. I didn't feel like driving home for these 2 important but non-essential things so I toughed it out and ran without them.
Fortunately, Thursday's run was intervals. Intervals make the treadmill SO MUCH BETTER. 20 min warmup, 10 [ 2 min hard / 2 min easy], 10 min cool down. Having something to do every 2 minutes made things so much better.
Surprisingly, my toe felt fine - like nothing was wrong. This was only when I was running (weird, right?) and when I got off it was sore. I hate icing body parts when its freezing out. Sure, I'm inside on the couch, but mentally, I do not want to put ice of my foot in the winter. Random aside: Zipper really likes bags of ice. She'll lick the bag and I even caught her biting the thing. Not cool because then ice cold water leaks out of the bag and onto me. She's a weird cat.
Today, my toe was more sore than yesterday. I went to swim practice, where my coach tried to drown us (9x100 with 6 underwater dolphin kicks off of each wall. that crap is HARD). I had another 30 min run on my schedule today, so I just put my run stuff (this time with music and headband!) and ran right after swimming. I knew that if I had to go back to the gym for a 30 min run in the afternoon, then I'd just skip the run. So I got some mental toughness bonus points and got it done. And my toe is a bit more sore, so I get to spend more time with an ice packet (and Zipper) today.
Running easy is pretty boring on the treadmill. I try to make it a bit better by increasing the speed by 0.1 mph every 5 minutes. Really, its just a trick to break the run up into 5 min increments instead of 30 life-sucking-minutes on a hamster wheel.
Sunday I've got a 1 hr run and I'm pretty sure it will have to be inside as well. I am not very excited about it.