CHECK OUT MY FOOT.
You see the little fleck that those very discrete arrows are pointing to? That's probably a piece of bone. I didn't even know bone could do that! Basically, I most likely tore a ligament and when I tore the ligament, a little piece of bone chipped off as well.
I was given a super cool boot to wear for several weeks and I have to get an MRI to check out the ligament damage. She called it a "Stress reaction" which when I googled it, I got "Acute stress reaction (also called acute stress disorder, psychological shock, mental shock, or simply shock) is a psychological condition arising in response to a terrifying or traumatic event. It should not be confused with the unrelated circulatory condition of shock" from wikipedia. Not what I have...
Further googling reveals that it is caused by overuse and is similar to a stress fracture, but a different kind of injury. Lesson learned... don't go from running leisurely a couple times a week to running 10-12 miles a week immediately. I think this is why experts recommend only increasing your mileage by 10% every week. Fortunately, I am not an expert, nor have I claimed to be, so all I can tell you is what I've learned from this experience.
Back to my original point... has exercise made me healthier? Yes. Definitely. OK, so all these random injuries suck, but honestly, I basically haven't exercised at all, so my body is still adjusting. And it's funny, because the (second) most frustrating part of this injury is that I can't run right now! I feel a little scatterbrained without running. I love running on the Hudson... I wasn't particularly enjoying the longer runs, but I was really starting to enjoy 3-4 miles.
Of course, the most frustrating/nervewracking part is whether or not I can wear my beautiful purple shoes for our wedding. It should be all better by then, and the doctor said even if it isn't, one day out of the boot is fine.
Do you get injured frequently? Are you done listening to me talk about my foot? Do you feel healthier as a result of exercising?