some of you would be familiar with the title of my post. For those of you who aren’t, it could be described as taking a wild guess or risking it all on something you aren’t sure of.
But in my case right now it simply means what it says literally; walking on one limb. For over 3 weeks now i started an exercise regiment that involved about 30mins of jogging and another 30 mins of stretches, sit-ups and crunches, all in a bid to get back into shape and lose some unwanted flab that was beginning to appear around my abdominal area.
It all seemed to be going on well initially. I was feeling in great shape, bulking up in the right places and feeling more alive in the mornings. Well until last week when i decided to push myself a bit further.
By rough estimation i jog about 2km or less every weekday morning and it usually takes me a maximum of 30mins to complete. By the 2nd week i was barely breaking a sweat to complete the same route in 20mins, so someone suggested i extend my route by another kilometer.
I chose a friday for this particular exercise since i would have the opportunity to access my condition on saturday without the fear of over exerting myself 2 days in a row if it turned out that i wasn’t ready.
half way through the new route i felt a pull in my left leg. it felt tight and at that point i knew something was wrong (well i figured it wasn’t so serious) ….i tried to keep going but the tightness was restrictive.
I ended up walking the rest of the route back home.
i figured maybe 2 days of rest would bring some relief. By monday morning i felt ready to go and out i went, completing the new route with relative ease. The next day didn’t turn out as planned though, as i completed my run on tuesday morning and got down to do a few crunches and sit-ups i felt my entire lower left leg give way from my knee to my ankle. The pain was numbing and putting weight on the leg was near impossible in fact.
It took me one sleepless night to figure out I needed to seek medical advice.
This was how I found out first hand that Doctors have the least sympathy when breaking bad news to you (trust me I appreciate the honesty). My doctor friend broke it to me straight; “from what I gather you’ve got a knee ligament sprain/strain..”.
For the first time I felt like a professional footballer but without the fat pay check and that’s exactly what I told her.
I’ve been advised to stay off jogging for the next 5 days and get proper heat treatment.
The stay off jogging part has been easy but the heat treatment has been difficult simply because I haven’t found anyone to give me a proper massage (I’m looking for offers).
The pain is still there, running from knee to ankle, annoying as ever so if you see me walk by you on the street just know I’m ‘going out on a limb’.