Thursday, June 04, 2009
So yesterday was one of my “off” days from running, when I go to the gym in the morning and then walk about 3.5 miles on my lunch hour. I dutifully headed out for my walk at 12:30 only to get caught in a freak hail storm in the middle of the day (in San Diego!?!). My shoes – and everything else – were absolutely soaked by the time I made it back to the office. So, today was a running day, but my shoes have not recovered, so I wore my cross-trainers and headed down into the canyon near my office for a jog. As soon as I descended into the canyon I could hear this buzzing all around me that sounded like electricity traveling along a wire, but I knew it wasn’t. I didn’t know for sure what it was until I’d gone about a half a mile in and saw the huge black and red wasps that were making the noise. One of them came to check me out, which made me run faster (I’m deathly afraid of flying, stinging insects!). The more I ran, the more interested he became. I guess he eventually got bored because he flew away. Having survived my brush with the big, scary bug, I jogged a few minutes more before realizing that I had developed a blister on the back of my right heel. I decided to ignore it since I was almost to the turnaround point. But by the time I turned around, my foot was in so much pain I decided to walk. I can deal with shin splints and torn tendons, but give me a blister and I turn into a big baby. So then I was walking back toward the entrance to the canyon when I realized I was going to have to pass by the spot where all of the wasps were hanging out. I decided that my blister was going to hurt the same whether I was walking or running, so I picked up the pace and ran the rest of the way back. I managed to pass through the insect-infested section without incident (except for being scared of the really loud noise they were making – in my mind they’re all out to get me . . .). When I got back to the office, I saw the inside fabric of my shoe had worn completely off in the back. I’ve got a sweet blister now, and have no idea what I’m going to wear to the gym tomorrow morning. Maybe I should just take the day off . . . Yeah, probably not.
Tuesday, June 02, 2009
I can't believe that I could gain 5 pounds in two weeks of goofing off and then take a couple of months to lose them. Wow. I didn't think I'd ever see the scale move again. I've been working out like a mad woman and doing really well at keeping my calories in check. I've made a few adjustments lately - making sure to get more protein and fiber. That coupled with the more normal sleeping schedule since the end of the semester a couple of weeks ago seems to be paying off. I will definitely not be taking a two-week break from exercising and watching what I eat again. It's just not worth it! Summer session starts next Monday. Ugh.
Saturday, May 02, 2009
OMG! I never thought I'd actually do it - I just set the timer for 60 minutes in case something good came on TV while I was stepping, so the machine wouldn't cut off in the middle of whatever I was watching. As (bad) luck would have it, someone had tuned in to Wolf Blitzer at the gym, so no television distractions. I must have been distracted by something though, because the first 20 mintues flew by. By the time I hit 30 I was determined to see how long I could go. I almost didn't make it, but managed to hang on until the very end. Followed that with some nice stretching and a 30-minute upper body workout. I'm feeling pretty smug right now. I guess I really can do lots of stuff I once thought was impossible. Now, if I could only quit shaking . . .
Friday, April 17, 2009
Okay, so I went jogging on Tuesday, not knowing what kind of state my foot would be in afterwards, but unable to wait it out any longer. On Wednesday I was fairly miserable. My heel hurt so much, I almost wished I hadn't tested it by running. Yesterday, I decided I was going to run, whether or not my foot hurt. I went out and did four miles (lots of hills - I can't believe I made it - I probably looked like I was running in slow motion to anyone passing by, lol!). So, remarkably, my foot hardly hurt at all last night and today it seems no worse than it did at the beginning of the week. Weird. I still have pain in the heel, but it's not debilitating, and is less than it was several weeks ago. Anyway, I'm stoked - that means I can finally start jogging on a regular basis again. I've made arrangements with someone at work to go out every Tuesday and Thursday on our lunch hour. I think having a running partner will make me more accountable and less likely to create excuses. Hopefully in a few weeks we can bump it up to three days a week. Hopefully this is a sign that my foot is really recovering, and I will one day be pain free again. That would be sweet!
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
I'm still dealing with the pain in my left foot from tearing that tendon months ago. I decided that I would stay off my foot as much as possible last week while I was on vacation. I think that helped some, but the pain is still lingering, just not as intense. I got impatient today and decided to go for a jog on my lunch hour to test the foot. I was surprised that I was able to run as long as I did. If you can even call it a run - I went really slowly and tried to minimize impact as much as possible. I stretched out for a long time and right now I'm feeling pretty good. If I feel this good tomorrow, then I'll know I can ease back into running. There's an 8K next month I'd love to run with my daughter . . . but I'd rather not pay for it by hobbling around for six months afterwards, so we'll see.
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