My vacation to Florida has come and gone.
It started out so well but quickly went downhill.
Other than my lack of running, in addition to my regular job, I worked as technical support to the NYS Bar Exam takers this past week.
Two Weeks Ago:
- Sunday – After an early morning flight to Ft Lauderdale, FL, I rented a car and drove to Boca Raton to stay with my college roommate.
The weather was beautiful so we spent the day wandering around some trails at Loxahatchee..
Then we went out for a delicious seafood dinner.
Afterward, we returned home in time to catch the Super Bowl.
- Monday – Of course, my first goal of the trip was to run at sunrise with a view of the ocean. And I did.
It was still early so I took advantage of my free time and visited two local nature preserves.
The weather was cool (for Florida but warm for a NYer) and sunny so we spent the afternoon at South Boca Beach
Afterward we enjoyed another nice relaxing dinner out.
- Tuesday – Again I decided to get up early to see the sunrise.
I chose a different beach than the day before and parked far away so that afterward I could run back to my car.
On the way to the beach, I tripped on a curb, went down in pain.
I did watch the sunrise but had to walk back to my car on a foot that was most likely broken.
Now what to do?
There were several options but I felt that although running and hiking were out, I could stay in Florida and try to enjoy myself rather than immediately returning home.
My roommate and I decided to go to a different beach (Deerfield Beach) where I had to do minimal walking.
It was a beautiful day but my mind was elsewhere. However, I did meet a lovely lady who invited me to Houston to run a race there.
My next stop was an hour drive north to Hobe Sound to stay with a friend who had recently lost her husband.
She was as gimpy as me since she was recovering from Achilles surgery.
We enjoyed a peaceful dinner at her home and then watched some TV and chatted.
- Wednesday – Obviously running was out of question. I was even too depressed to go see the ocean sunrise.
We did eventually go for a drive and sat by Jupiter Island Beach followed by a delicious late lunch in Stuart
- Thursday – In the morning, I packed up and drove back south to Delray Beach to stay with a friend.
We spent several hours at the pool where we had lunch and soaked up some needed Vitamin D.
Afterward, she was nice enough to get a wheelchair so we could visit the bird sanctuary we always go to.
For dinner, we ate at an outdoor restaurant along the ocean.
- Friday – Today I had plans to attend the Delray Tennis Open with another friend.
Little did I know that I would have to purchase handicap seats.
First we watched some players practice for their semi final match the next day.
Luckily my friend did not mind pushing my wheelchair up multiple ramps to our seats.
We had a great view and watched an exciting men’s doubles quarter final match and then half of a men’s singles quarter final match. It started to rain after the first set but we were ready to leave anyway.
Then we joined the friend I was staying with for a pizza dinner in town.
- Saturday – Another change in plans. I was supposed to meet a former coworker for a nature (birding) walk.
Instead we met for brunch and then I headed back to Fort Lauderdale to return my car and catch a plane home.
Yes. A day early.
Fortunately I was able to get wheelchair assistance every step of the way.
- Sunday – A1A Publix Fort Lauderdale Half Marathon=DNS
I looked forward to running this race that I had trained for and also to meeting up with Jenny and her husband who were going to run it with me. (If you read Jenny’s blog, you now know that this half was doomed for all 3 of us.)
Instead I was home trying to figure out how to navigate life at home and at work on crutches.
Fortunately, I was able to locate a walking boot from my broken ankle (in 2012!!)
- Monday – Luckily I was to get an appt with an orthopedic today (and it was a holiday so I was off from work.)
I was quite nervous wondering how serious the break was and if I would need surgery.
The doctor looked at my foot (which was totally purple but no longer swollen or painful) and said that he doubted that it was broken. In fact, he asked me to bet with my hubby who agreed with him.
So he ordered x-rays.
Then he came back in the room and said to my hubby “She won!!”
Yup. It was broken. A small hairline fracture. He said that it was no big deal and would heal naturally in no time.
The doctor said that I didn’t need to to use crutches or even wear the boot. I could wear shoes and walk (as long as it didn’t hurt.)
One more x-ray scheduled for March 20… and it should be healed!?
I plan to err on the side of caution and wear the boot for
a week several days and then try walking… (maybe even use my stationary bike.)
- Tuesday-Saturday – Just trying to stay positive… (not go insane or think about all those missed races…)
As they say, this too shall pass…
Fingers crossed that it will heal quickly.
On Friday, I actually walked 2 miles while working the bar exam.
On Saturday, instead my usual long run, I put in 6 miles on the stationary bike..
and then met my running friends for their post run/walk brunch.
This Coming Week on the Run–
This Coming Week on the Blog –
- Tuesday –
A1A Publix Fort Lauderdale Half Marathon Race RecapHow to Heal a Broken Foot
- Friday – Ultimate Coffee Date
Thanks in advance for your support.
I may be down but I’m not OUT!!
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