Foot is better – woo

I’ve been having some issues with my left foot recently but as it’s been pain-free for close to a week I thought I’d go out for a little run last night.

It felt great. The beautiful summers evening was pretty great too.

And there’s still no pain this morning – do relieved!

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Training with an injury

I really dislike being injured. I love moving and get very frustrated by anything that restricts my ability to move.

Over the last week or so I’ve been experiencing pain in my left foot which has been diagnosed as foot tendinitis. I didn’t even realise such a thing existed.

The pain comes when I either land on my forefoot (running/jumping) or rock from heel to toe (walking).

This stops me doing a few movements I’ve been training recently:

  • Any freestanding handstand work, including kick up practice – I don’t have a steady balance and don’t want to risk coming down onto my left foot.
  • Running, jumping, climbing – so MovNat is pretty much totally out
  • Capoeira movements – I’ve been having great fun with cartwheels and moving round the floor but it just puts too much of the wrong pressure on my foot

This makes a bunch of my last training post pretty irrelevant.

Rather than total rest, I’m training the movements that are pain free.  Luckily anything with a flat foot or where my feet don’t touch the floor is fine.

So I’m fine doing: all pull ups, dips, face wall handstands, headstand push ups, squats, kettlebell press, KB swing/clean and gymnastic statics.

Pull ups and static holds remain the same. I’m alternating the rest of each session between focusing on HeSPU and KB clean & press. My pressing strength is poor so I may as well spend time on it while my options are limited.

It’s not how I’d like to be training at this time of year. Summer should be about exploring movement outside but that’s not really an option right now.

Thankfully the British summer has been awful so far so I’m not missing too much!

Fitness attributes – freedom from injury

This is the next in the series on each attribute in my What do you need to do to be fit? post.

An injury will mean you are not able to easily and effectively complete physical tasks.

I injured my ankle earlier this year and needed crutches to walk. It took about a month to walk without them and another six weeks or so to run. Clearly during this time, although I was doing some training, I wasn’t fit for much.

So, being injured is bad. Not only does it hurt, it also reduces your ability to do physical stuff (not fit) and may stop you training effectively (getting less fit).

Getting injured in the gym prepping for a sport or just for fitness can be avoided if you listen to your body and don’t take stupid risks.

You need to remember why you are there. Whether you are trying to get better at your sport or just be fit for life then taking risks and getting injured gets you further away from what you want not closer.

I injured my ankle on a climbing wall. It was close to the end of the day and I was on a fairly difficult (for me) problem. As I got close to the top my grip felt a bit off and I had a feeling that I should just let this one go. I didn’t and two moves later I was flat on the deck with a knackered ankle.

This is an example of me not listening to body and taking a stupid risk.

Injuries in sports inevitable, whether you are competing against yourself self or others you will push to the edge to try and win. You also cannot control the actions of the other people playing. Injuries are bound to happen at some point. In the gym this isn’t the case as you have the control (assuming someone doesn’t drop a weight on your foot!).

This isn’t to say you shouldn’t train hard, you absolutely should. You can train hard within your limits and those limits will expand. Consistently push the envelope and your body will likely punish you.