#fitness friday: why do all my injuries and illnesses happen in january?

by Barb on February 1, 2013

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My stinking 8 lb. cat ran into my foot when I started my run this morning. Oh man does it hurt!

If you were in my neighborhood at 5:20 am this past Tuesday morning, you would have heard a loud scream. No, the deer weren’t attacking me. It was a cat. My cat. My cat, who was running around me while I started my morning run, smashed into my left foot knocking me for a LOOP.

Did I mention the pain?

Then, I started laughing. January has it in for me. Always has. I always get sick in January. I had a miscarriage in January many years ago. Last year, I hurt my hip while running. This year, it’s the cat barreling into my foot.

By the time you read this, I will have spent 2 days hobbling around. Well, I spent the first day sitting on the bed writing lots of posts. At this point, I’m hoping I can run Friday morning. I really want to run Friday morning.

Update: It turns out I can’t run Friday morning because I have a severe sprain. I saw a foot doctor last night and had x-rays done. I’m glad my foot is not broken. I am not happy about the sprain. Fortunately, my foot is feeling better today plus I have more range of motion.

Now for the tough part – I have to ice my foot at least 5 times a day, strengthen it and the ankle, and stay off it enough to hopefully be better by the end of next week. Have I mentioned how much I hate sitting around? It’s not going to be easy; I know I’ll try to do too much too soon; I am determined to stay focused on getting better.

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Barb Hoyer has written 3799 posts.

After working in the fundraising world for over ten years, Barb is an avid runner, writer, photographer, parent volunteer, and lover of dictionaries and thesauruses. Wife to an engineer and mom to 5 kids, Barb lives in the suburbs of Philly. Her idea of relaxation is an afternoon on the couch with a stack of books.

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Steph @DonnaReedSteph February 1, 2013 at 9:19 am

Oh no! That is such a bummer! Feel better soon, Barb :( I hate injuries!
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Jen February 1, 2013 at 10:38 am

Oh no! Hope the ankle is better soon.
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Laura @ Mommy Run Fast February 1, 2013 at 11:14 am

Yikes! So sorry- I’m glad it’s a sprain and not anything worse, but injuries are not fun. Hope it heals quickly!
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Lauryn February 1, 2013 at 2:45 pm

Oh Barb, take care of yourself and rest up!
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Barb February 2, 2013 at 4:07 pm

Oh, I am! I’m debating what to do about the March Trail Race. I’m hoping to be running again the middle of next week or next Saturday by the latest.

Carrie February 1, 2013 at 4:24 pm

Sad day :( I just recently hurt my knee exercising (old injury made new). It stinks getting hurt in the winter – it’s like it’s too cold to heal and hurts more, too! Feel better soon!
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Barb February 2, 2013 at 4:06 pm

My knees aren’t in great shape either, though my glucosamine supplements with MSM have helped. I hope you feel better, too. Injuries stink!

melinda February 1, 2013 at 5:00 pm

Bummer. Hopefully the new month brings new luck
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Jenna February 1, 2013 at 11:48 pm

Oh man. I’m sorry to hear about your injury! Hope you’re feeling better soon.

(PS: I ran with my Yaktrax Pro this afternoon and thought of you. It went well, and I am thankful you shared your experience with me!)
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Barb February 2, 2013 at 4:05 pm

So glad to hear you enjoyed the Yaktrax!

I am anxiously waiting for my foot to get better. I think I’ll be able to run next Saturday. Keeping my fingers crossed!

Helen @ What Happened Next... February 2, 2013 at 11:10 pm

Ouch!! I feel for you – I sprained mine just over a year ago – it took me 5 months to get back running – just take it easy. There’s a fine balance of resting it and working it GENTLY so the joint doesn’t seize up – I ended up molly-coddling mine too much and that didn’t help my recovery. Glad you’re laughing though!
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Jill @ Fitness, Health and Happiness February 3, 2013 at 6:06 am

Ugh! I’m so sorry this has happened. Happy that it’s not a major injury but it still isn’t fun. Keep icing!
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