Anna's Journey

One misstep

In Sanlucar la Mayor on March 19, 2011 at 12:54 pm

tobillo: ankle

apretar: squeeze

vendar: to bandage

hinchado: swollen

So many new words I have learned since Thursday.

I was at the gym. Jason and I have been going to a Body Combat class every week, where we practice punching and kicking sacos, kneeing, jumping, and balancing. Some nights I’m not that into it, but on Thursday I was going all out. Pretending I was Jennifer Garner in Alias, kicking butt and taking names, hair flying out of my ponytail, grunting with each kick, with a grimace of serious concentration.

Which quickly changed to a grimace of pain.

In one of my favorite moves, you leap up, change position, knee forward, and then jump back into your original position.

Anyhow, I had been meaning to invest in some new sneakers with a bit more support, but just hadn’t gotten around to it yet.

So I jumped up in my flimsy walking sneakers, and landed on the exact wrong side of my foot. I felt a pop, and limped to one of the punching sacks to sit down. Thirty long seconds later, Jason realized I wasn’t just taking a water break.

And now I’m out of commission for at least 10 days with a giant bandage wrapped around my right foot and a pair of crutches borrowed from the family who run the coffee shop. No work, no walking to the grocery store, no dancing in Sevilla, no bodega tours in Jerez, and definitely no gym.

Accidents happen so quickly, and it’s no use to think about what if I had changed my shoes? Or what if I decided to stay home that evening? Or what if I had just been a little less enthusiastic with my punching and kneeing?

But the weather is unbearably gorgeous, and I can stretch outside in the sun with my book,  and take long 100 meter walks to the end of the road. And I have a new TA job over the internet and I can increase my job application output. And if anyone wants to Skype, I am so happy to hear about your life.

Because suddenly I have so much time.

C’est la vie, no?




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