As one of Aesop's fables goes, "We would often be sorry if our wishes were gratified." About a year ago, this pose would not have been possible for me to do. Last June, I sustained a major injury to my ankle at a gym when one of my feet got stuck on the floor causing the other to come down on a piece of equipment. The MRI result was ugly: 2 fractures, two grade 3 tears in 2 lateral ligaments, and a severe bone bruise on the bone in my inner ankle. At the time, I was in the best shape of my life and in a pretty good place mentally. I was getting prepared to run my fifth (and what I had deemed my final) @nycmarathon
. However, I was dreading getting ready to start training and not at all looking forward to the long runs that are necessary to get conditioned for the full 26.2 mile race. Right around the time the dread was settling in, this incident happened. The orthopedic doctor I saw said that IF I found a smart physical therapist, I may be able to avoid surgery. I spent about 8 months in physical therapy with some of the best in the city @brooklynbodyworkspt
. Thanks to them, I avoided surgery and have slowly been getting back to doing the things I love which has been so good since I spent a lot of time isolated on the couch getting out of the best shape of my life and becoming good friends with @hulu
. To further my progress, I've been practicing some of the neurological drills I've learned through @zhealth_performance
as physical injuries often cause our brains to go into survival mode and will create neurological pathways to protect us, but the patterns often are over protective. Moral of the story: I'll never again take being healthy and able to move for granted and am looking forward to starting my training for my 5th @nycmarathon.
Photo 📸 by @lululemonNYC #ZHealth #BrainBasedCoach