Friday, March 30, 2012
It's Friday, and the end of the work week. This week I had a lunch walk of over 2.5 miles every day. Time was, that wouldn't be an accomplishment. Now, it is. I felt like running on every one of those walks, but I restrained myself to only running some very short segments.
The better news is that my bad foot feels better right now, on a 5 day streak of over 10K steps, than it did a week ago. This is progress. The foot still doesn't feel totally normal, but I haven't taped it up since Sunday and it's getting better anyway. I have been icing it down, but I don't know how much of that has been habit rather than necessity.
It's four weeks to the half marathon. Sunday there is a 15K that is designed as a training race for that HM; I am not entered in the 15K. If the foot is doing well this weekend, I may try to do a run; but it won't be anywhere close to 15K and I'll stay on mostly flat terrain the first time out. That, and it will be a solo run without competition making me run harder than I should.
I have really missed running.
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
The lunch walks are back.
Yesterday I walked 39 minutes, today 37, for 2.81 and 2.68 miles. Doing the math, that turns out to be a shade under 14 minutes per mile. The weather was seasonable, i.e. colder than the drop-dead gorgeous weather of last week, and it encouraged very brisk walking. The time is coming when the weather will be too warm to walk that fast on my lunch hour. Still, it feels good that I *can* walk that fast, even in near-perfect walking weather. Assuming that a full week of this doesn't make the bad foot get worse, the lunch walks are back. What I did yesterday and today is right at the limit of what I have time for. If the foot is feeling this good or better Saturday morning, I may try a longer walk then.
I'm not quite ready to try a real run. I'm still taking ibuprofen, and I still need to ice down the foot periodically, but I haven't been taping the foot and don't miss that support. This is progress, and it's not taking a full week to see it.
Today also marks the second day in a row of over 10K steps. Technically, it's over 11K both days; but I'll count the streak (assuming it turns into one) as a streak of 10K+ steps. I know there will be days when I don't break 11K.
I'm encouraged. I still might not be able to walk a half marathon by the end of April, but I will be able to walk regularly. And the time for running will come; I just don't know quite when.
Sunday, March 25, 2012
It's Sunday, and time to reflect on progress in healing my injured foot. There is progress, though never as fast as I'd like.
Monday, I broke 8K steps for the first time in quite a while. The foot was feeling good enough that I could walk to get around normally, and I stretched out lunch walks of over a mile Monday through Friday. Wednesday was the highlight of the week, when I tested running with a tenth of a mile in the evening.
Thursday morning, the foot had regressed a bit. It hadn't got enough worse to keep me from breaking 9K steps on Thursday and Friday, with lunch walks of about a mile and a third; but it kept me from running. Saturday evening, I started out on an intentional walk and the foot convinced me that wasn't a good idea. So I finished the day yesterday with only 6659 steps.
Today is Sunday. Sunday has always been a tough day to get steps in, and an easy day to rest the foot. With under 4K steps in the late afternoon, the foot felt pretty good. I went for a longer walk, that mapped out to 1.90 miles in 27 minutes. Yeah, that's fast for a walk; I ran some short segments to test how things felt. There was an odd feeling in my right ankle, of all places; and while I could run a bit on the foot, it didn't seem like a good idea to stretch the short running segments into real running distance. By the end of the walk, I felt the need to ice down the foot again.
Progress, but not yet time to train for a half marathon.
On the bright side, I'm not having to tape the foot all the time any more, and the foot isn't always reminding me to reload on ibuprofen. I think I'm in the period of working up to normal walking distance, and it will be a while yet before I'm ready to work on getting some decent running distance.
On the "caution" side, I'm not yet willing to go to work without taking my tape and ice bag. I might not need them on any given day; but then again, I might.
Progress, but not there yet. We'll see what the next week brings.
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Today's walk at lunch was just over a mile, in 17 minutes. I could have gone further, physically; but workload and meeting time constraints didn't give me that option today.
Work was hectic, and I got to my volunteer job almost an hour late because paid work didn't want to let go. Fortunately, it wasn't insanely busy at the VITA site; I got out of there on time. Finished up with the Spark web routine, and decided to do a trifecta (pyramid of body weight squat, Australian pullup, and pushup as a bit of activity before bed. Put on my running shoes to go downstairs for the trifecta, and they felt so good that I went out for a bit of a run afterwards.
"A bit" was really not much. It was about a tenth of a mile, and not enough minutes to work up a good sweat or count as cardio; but it was a successful run that didn't bother the bad foot. This is encouraging. Being able to do *something* sure beats sitting around waiting for the foot to hurt less!
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
It's almost bedtime, and my pedometer reads 8728 steps. Yesterday I logged 8234 steps. The last time I broke 8000 steps in a day was February 9, when I really aggravated my hurt foot and had to start taking resting the foot seriously.
Right now, the foot feels as good as it did Sunday evening. This is after walking over a mile continually on my lunch hour both yesterday and today. Today I was able to jog up and down my hallway for a minute and a half.
The irritation of the tape on my right foot is becoming more annoying than the soreness. I take this to be progress. I'm beginning to think about having some full walks on the lunch hour, and maybe a short run later this week.
I'll still need to feel my way through coming back slowly. The last thing I want is to re-injure the foot and take another solid 6 weeks off from running. And it's unreasonable to think I can train to run a full 13 miles by April 29. But the prospect of doing 13 miles in a run-walk or pure walking mode by then seems possible. Not certain, but possible.
In other news, this morning I actually felt like exercising. I probably would have got it in even without the entrenched habit of exercising when the steel cut oats simmer.
It may be too soon to say I've totally weathered the storm, but right now this feels pretty good. I want to try to build on it, gently and slowly, while my paid work sucks up more hours between now and July.
With luck, by the time work gets really frantic running will be a good stress relief again. Just have to remember that "stress relief" doesn't have to mean "running further and faster than ever before."
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