I Can Squat! and Other Amazing News
Eight afternoons ago, I was coiled in a ball on frozen ground, dialing 911 while my horse bucked off into the sunset. I couldn’t walk the length of my ER gurney without breaking into a cold sweat and battling nausea from the pain. I couldn’t even lift my own feet to recline on the sofa.
Today, I did air squats. 5 sets of 10, perfect, ass-to-grass air squats. Yesterday, I walked 2.5 miles. The day before, 1.5. The day before, I climbed stairs without crutches.
What is going on here??? I’ve done some major soft tissue damage before (the most notable incident involved an aggressive border collie and a torn hamstring, and then there was the time I parked my raft on a rock in a major rapid and slammed into the oar with my thigh) but this is my first trauma since going paleo in August 2009. And let me tell you, I have never experienced this kind of recovery.
8 days out from incapacitation, and I’m squatting? And doing planks? And messing about with dumbbells? This paleo schtick, to borrow from Robb Wolf, is potent stuff.
Okay, they’re only air squats. Big deal. But I didn’t expect that have that range of motion back for weeks. It has occurred to me to wonder whether the injury wasn’t as severe as it seemed. Those who saw me in the first 48 hours, however, insist that’s not the case.
More than one person has pointed out that had I not been so fit, I would likely have suffered even more upon impact; and, had I not been so well-nourished, I’d probably still be on Vicodin and crutches. As for intense workouts, I reckon it makes sense that a body accustomed to frequent, minor repairs is better equipped to handle major repairs when necessary.
Nerd that I am, I spent some time searching for information on paleo nutrition and injury rehabilitation. I didn’t find much, but Dr. Loren Cordain’s comments in this Q&A are worth a read. Anybody got more for me?
Now, don’t worry. I’ll still be spending plenty of time on my ice pack. I’m taking this slowly. Hey, I could have gotten under the bar today…but I refrained, like a good little invalid. Day by day, I’ll do what I safely can, and nothing more. It surely feels good to have pumped biceps again, though.
Go forth and eat well, my friends. Lift heavy things. Sprint occasionally. Be strong.