Thursday, July 29, 2010
Today I changed some things up. First, I made sure to put on my ChoPat brace. I know I have a tracking issue. No reason to be foolish about that. I also decided to try slowing my walking pace on the 'mill from 3.5 to 3.0. No sense trying something brisk when it is supposed to be a recovery period for me as I work back into the groove. So it went like this:
400m at 3.0
200m at 4.0
400m at 3.0
200m at 4.0
400m at 3.0
wash, rinse, and repeat the above once more. and then a cooldown of 400m at 3.0 and then to 2.2
I had to remember to 'carry my potato chips' while I was jogging. My calf got cranky the first 200m and I knew I was tight/anxious about it. When I reminded myself to 'carry my potato chips' then my stance was a bit more relaxed. Feet close to the ground and quick turn over. Also tried to ensure my legs/feet were under me during the run. Seems so elementary, but I am trying to be careful.
All in all, a good experience and 2.25 miles in for today.
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Four days ago I tried just walking at no more than 3.5 on the treadmill at 0% incline. I did 2 miles. Albeit slow, it was good.
Yesterday, I did 400m of walking (3.5 at 0%), then 400m of light/easy run (4.0 at 0%), 400m of walking, then 400m of light/easy run, and then 4x400 walking.
The only discomfort I had was my right calf. I think it was when I initially changed up from 3.5 to 4.0. I feel a little something in my knee. Not serious discomfort/pain. Hard to describe.
I think taking a day or two off and then trying 400m or 600m of walk, then 200m of light/easy run, and vice versa throughout...that would be a better approach.
I still need to do the gait analysis. Perhaps back off of trying again and do that, and then see where it leads me. I really cannot swing new shoes right now as I have to get the kids ready for back to school over the next month, plus I just put a car in the shop and don't know what damage that will cause. Sigh.
But overall, I am feeling confident/hopeful that I will return soon and take it very slow for a while. I have no goals or race fees to stress me.
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
So the Sports Med doctor told me that if I don't feel better by the time I would be due to come in, then ask for an MRI slip instead. Most days I feel nothing in my knee. Some days, I feel a little something. It's that little something that causes me to worry/second guess. I can twist my knee from side to side and I am fine. With no Aleve in my system, I feel a scant something but I go up and down stairs and my regular stuff just fine.
The other thing I am thinking on is my gait. I have never had a gait analysis. But something the Sports Med doctor said has me wondering. See...when I was just a peanut, the docs had to break one of my legs and reset it. I wore that lovely bar thing on the bottom of my shoes and special things you call 'cookies' in my shoes for all my years of elementary school. I always wore those hideous ortho shoes. Man did I dislike those things. Anyway...she said that one of my feet was a tad bit wider than the other, and very ever so slightly turned. So of course I'm a bit concerned b/c I am thinking that, over the course of whatever distance, could my gait be that bad?
I was not sure if I should jump right in to a gait analysis and see if new shoes are in order, or ease back in to a C25K first. I was concerned that they may have me do things during gait analysis that I might not be ready for? Or am I just being a wimp?
Any thoughts welcome.
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