It has finally happened. I had my first fitness injury yesterday.
There I am running in my neighborhood, minding my own business when the next thing I know I feel something at my left foot and I'm falling forward. I broke the blow with my hands, but took most of the hit on my lower forearm/ elbow. Had I not had capris on I would've scraped up my knee worse than I did.
I laid on my back for a couple of seconds and then got up. Knowing there are lots of little bones in the feet I was nervous to keep running. The few jogging steps I did take brought an ache to my foot, so I decided to just walk home.
I was so frustrated and cried a little. Then I made myself stop, because I didn't want someone to see me crying and wonder if I'd broken something. Since I could step on my foot I didn't think anything was broken and didn't want that kind of attention.
Unfortunately, I think I'm easily shaken, or overly precautious, but I wasn't about to try running anymore after the fall since I was just out running for a workout and not a race. (That's the thought I had, "I'm not in a race, so I'm gonna walk..." knowing full well I'd probably walk in a race too if it hurt that bad. I've just read too many running stories of people who pushed past pain and had bad issues afterwards.)
I still don't know if I stepped wrong or what, but the outside of my left food aches a little. I took naproxen, iced it and my husband was kind enough to massage it a little before bed last night.
Today I decided to skip exercise and give my foot a rest. I had enough errands to run this afternoon, so it got plenty of exercise. There is no swelling, and just some slight discoloration, so I'm sure it's fine. My elbow had a nice scrape and bruise on it, which I feel every time I adjust myself in the car. Ouch.
Anyway, I'd be proud of my bruise if my foot didn't hurt. I've gotten on a good roll with exercise and hate that I took a fall. However, more than anything I am very grateful it wasn't anything worse. With a friend dealing with back issues I know I have no room to complain right now. :)