Thursday, June 25, 2009

Stop Me If You've Heard This One Before...

Isn't everyone getting just a little bit tired of me bitching and moaning about being hurt and not running?

Stay tuned...cuz there's more comin' your way...

After doing just a kick-ass job of doing SQUAT this week, no running, no biking, no anything (yes, this was due to having a cold, but still), I went and hurt myself again today doing, of all things...


Yes, you read right.


And no, I don't surf. An no...there are no pictures of Betty or I surfing.

I took Turbo and a nephew to the beach this morning and met up with Betty. The high school where Betty works (and where I used to teach) started an after school surf club this year, and through some grant money, put together a week long surf camp. Very cool. Take some kids from east county San Diego (which may as well be Nebraska for all some east county kids actually see the ocean, even though it's only 10 miles away...geez), and teach 'em how to surf.

So of course I had to try.

In all honesty, I've pretended to surf before (it's much more difficult than it looks), but the last time was probably about four or five years ago...well before I started running. I felt pretty confident that I was stronger and would do better than my last outing...

And for the most part, that would be true, but on the third wave I tried to catch, I was too far forward on the board, didn't get to my knees fast enough, and went over the front end...which again, isn't such a bad thing. That happens all the time when you're in the surf. Unfortunately, this time we were in some pretty shallow water, so when my left foot hit the ocean floor.


I felt the tendon in the bottom of my foot just pop (like three times).

As the surf receded, I tried to put weight on my left foot and almost fell over.

I think I scared Betty to death. She took one look at me and said, "We are soooo done now."

She may have been wondering how she was going to carry me back to my beach chair, but I managed to walk back up, even though I was swearing like a sailor, and almost in tears the whole way.

So...the foot? It hurts like a mother. When I got home, I stuck it in a bucket of ice water for about 20 minutes. Swam 30 minutes in the home pool (which is a lot of effing laps by the way in a 40 ft pool), iced it again. Now it's taped and I think I'll ice it before I go to bed, but it hurts to stand on it.

Damn, I'm tired of being hurt.

With that...I'll leave you with some lovely beach photos...other than maiming my sorry foot, it really was a fun day.

Betty knitting at the beach...

Turbo, on the surf board. We saw loads of dolphins today.

Turbo and my nephew, who decided that boogie boarding was waaaaaaaay easier than surfing and switched

Scary beach-dude, who was playing horseshoes and had a totem pole with him.


  1. Hi and very nice to meet you!! I am sorry you are injured and now even more injured. Icing of course is great! I am going to read your blog more today! Thank you for stopping by mine to read crazy guest post!!! :O)

  2. Lisa Slow&SteadyJune 26, 2009 at 4:49 AM

    uggggg. hope your feet is better soon.

  3. Well, at least you got injured doing something kick ass! If you think about it, the compiled injuries are the result of the fact that you are so active: In a weird way, it reflects well on your adventurous character.

  4. At least you have a cool surfing story to go with the injury, duuuuuuude... I mean, most of the time (for me, anyway) it's usually the really stupid stuff that causes injury, like getting out of bed in the morning, for example.

    I hope you heal quickly!

  5. Owie! Although the surfing/beach day does look like fun. Be careful. ;)

  6. Ugh. I hope it's nothing serious!

    Surfing was hands down the toughest sport I ever tried.  I literally spent every day in the water fr three or four months before I was able to stand and make a bottom turn.

  7. Al's CL ReviewsJune 26, 2009 at 10:03 AM

    Now I have the Smith's song in my head!

    I hope your foot is ok.

  8. I have had the hardest time posting to your blog ever since it changed...  You have to excuse me and my dinosaur 'puter at work!

    I hope your foot is ok, and I'm jealous that you can go to the beach any old time you want.

  9. Lady,you are way too active. Running, biking, surfing. You might deserve to get hurt making us all look lazy =)~

  10. What a bummer.. I hope it heals quickly. Resting and icing it will definitely help it heal.

  11. Ain't it always the case as we age -- it's always something breaking down and in ways we never imagined. Hope you are back in business very soon. (And, yes, surfing is harder than it looks...just getting up on the board takes a great deal of skill.)

  12. Oh hun. That does not sound good. I hope the foot heals... and pronto! Nuff of this bad business!

  13. KK @ Running Through LifeJune 26, 2009 at 3:30 PM

    Ahh, A!  No more injuries okay??!!!  Injuries suck.  I am right there with you on wishing my body would feel faster.  Good luck!

  14. OUCH! I hope you heal. When you are used to being active, not being able to do those activities is like being a caged animal.  I love the shot of Betty knitting at the beach. I'm glad I'm not the only one that does that!

  15. We missed you this morning.  I hope that foot is getting better!

  16. i swear, you and i must be the same person in different countries, getting hurt doing other 'things'.  Sorry that you hurt yourself though, even if it was 'fun' before *the incident*.  Take care, sending you speedy healing vibes. Ugh.

  17. I'm in the same boat - I've been wailing about the no running thanks to my bum foot/ankle/ptt/whatev.  I don't have a cool story to go with my injury though :)

    Hope you feel better soon.