Feeling Weak and Hiking Squaw Peak: Bad Combo

There are two reasons why I shouldn’t have gone hiking that day:
1) I was exhausted and I could feel the weakness in my legs.
2) We were having a dust storm and the pollution was awful.

Some of my closest friends would also say “how about you need to take a break and just relax” so I suppose that could be another reason. The 53rd day represents the 53rd day I have done some type of workout consecutively. Yes, as with other things, you might call me stubborn, addicted, or just crazy. Allow me to clarify; a workout to me is anything that can elevate my heart rate, so this includes me walking my dog 4-miles when I had my cast on.

I started the hike with the thought “I shouldn’t go because I need to make dinner and finish my “daily” to do list,” however, once I started going up the hill my mind also said “Oh this will only take an hour and you will feel so much better when it’s done.” So in short, I climbed to the Squaw Peak summit (for my friends who live near the Rocky Mountains, this was like a mile up summit, LOL) just long enough to snap this one photo of the terrible dust and pollution, then started my way down with the music in my ears.I was doing great until the last 100 yards when I rolled my ankle and heard the sound the can shake your bones. It was so polite for the guy running down the hill behind me to pass and say “wow, I totally heard that” without offering to assist in any way. I would have had some colorful words for him that day, but instead was trying to concentrate on making it back to my car.

The objective from Dr. Kerry Zang’s Physician report (the best Foot and Ankle Surgeon around) notes: “There is marked swelling with pain on the palpation distal fibular malleolus on her left ankle joint. There is marked effusion in the anterior fibular fossa and distal fibular malleolus on her left lower extremity.
X-Rays: 3 views of her left ankle were taken, reviewed and reveal multiple old injuries of her left ankle. There is evidence of an old fibular fracture. There is evidence of hypertrophic bone neck of the talus bilateral.
We will apply a zinc oxide gel cast to her left foot and ankle, we will disperse a walker boot, we will reevaluate next week, and decide the next steps”
The he says “we will be aggressive with this because I know your personality. If anything this will keep you from injuring it further and get you back to running and working out. Not to mention we have an Arthritis Walk to do.”

Make it Count by taking a rest day and appreciating the value of it!

Ashley Stevenson