Monday, December 10, 2012

unforced rest ...

10 days.

That's how long I was on Levaquin. And that's how long I was medically banned from exercise.

I thought it was going to be brutal. I thought that my children would get on my last nerve and send me spiraling. I thought that I would drive my family insane with my lack of endorphins.

I thought wrong.

None of that happened. But something else did.

Instead of feeling refreshed and ready to go, which I should since my cough is pretty much gone, I don't. I feel sore.

My hip flexor and I aren't really friends right now. And my heel and Achilles are revolting. Kind of odd considering I have done nothing to strain them over the past 11 days.

Normally, I would ignore these aches and see if they resolve themselves. But, not this time. This time is different. This time, there are voices telling me to be smart. You see, although I am no longer taking Levaquin, my risk of tendon rupture isn't instantly back to zero. In fact, the risk can be elevated for months. *awesomesauce*

And these pains that seemingly came out of nowhere are kind of freaking me out. If these pains are being caused by the medication still in my system (and really, even if they are not), I am not willing to risk months of training just because I was unwilling to wait a few days.

So, that's what I am going to do.

Wait.

For seven more days.

I'm trying to think of it as unforced rest that will hopefully prove that sometimes it's better to listen to logic than be fueled by emotion.

9 comments:

Lisa J said...

when it comes to something we're passionate about (exercise or running) its tough to listen to logic vs. or emotion. Hopefully these extra days of rest will help alleviate the pain you're feeling to set you up for a great 2013!

Kurt @ Becoming An Ironman said...

I can't imagine how odd of a feeling that must be. But I agree that it's better to take the time now than be forced to take more later after an injury.

But I do have to say that I usually feel worse after extended rest periods. Our bodies are so used to being used that when they're not, things start happening. Getting back into use usually helps. But then again, I've never taken Levaquin, so that's a whole different side of the story.

Best of luck!! Hope you're back to it in no time!

Paige (The Last Doughnut) said...

Amen, Sister! I was signed up to do a marathon this past Saturday. I woke up at 1 AM prior to the race, and knew that the burning pain behind my knee was not going to be helped by running 26.2 miles. I could have run the race and completed it, but saying that I "did" it, was not worth months of recovery. You are being SMART!!!

Jamie said...

Hope you feel better soon! Love the blog!

Shellyrm ~ just a country runner said...

Rest to run another day. You are one smart cookie!

Johann said...

Never easy to do the wise thing of resting or waiting but always the right thing to do. Hang in there!

Colleen said...

Smart lady! :)

Paulette said...

Oh man, that's so hard. Good luck and stay strong, you'll be better for it!

Marc Nelson said...

It is better to take rest and seek medical advice. I am sure you will be fine very soon. Wishing you a speedy recovery.

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