I broke a phalange in my right foot. OK, it's my pinkie toe. It hurt a lot the first day, but hasn't been too bad since. The swelling comes and goes depending on how much walking I do on it. That's one thing to note.
The other thing is that I read a quiz in an email about your quality of life. Topics were smoking, eating, relationships, blood pressure, exercise and a few more. I scored in the middle. That's not how I roll, so I went to the gym the same evening. When I get there, I ask the guy behind the counter if he can look up the last time I had been there. June 2nd he tells me. That's 5 months. I pay $25 per month in membership fees. That's not bad at all, but if you go once every 5 months, that's a lot per workout. I just had a $125 workout... plus tax.
At the gym, I wanted to test out my broken toe. I hadn't tried running on it yet. This may be a premature, because it hurts even when I walk on it too much. This is why I wanted to use the treadmill instead of pounding the pavement, because if it hurts, I can stop at any time.
I start walking very slowly at .5 mph. I can't feel a thing and either can my lungs. Let's kick it up a notch I say in my head. I bring it up to 3 mph. Still doesn't hurt. I keep increasing the belt speed to 5, then 6, and finally 7.5 mph. Still no pain in my toe. This is awesome! I end up keeping that pace for 2 miles (8 minute mile). No PRs forthcoming, but it felt great just to do that. After the treadmill, I get some lat pulldowns, bench presses, arm curls, and stomach crunches into the workout. I finished off with 7.5 minutes on the stationary bike for a cool down.
The next morning, my toe was swollen and purple again. Oh yeah, it hurt a little, too. Maybe running wasn't such a good idea... at least just yet.