Thursday, June 03, 2010
Okay, I'm bummed. My heel started bugging me this week, it may have been Tuesday when I noticed. It still bothered me some on Wednesday, but I thought not so bad. That was until I had done 2 miles of walking/jogging (C25K week 2, day 2) and still had to hobble half a mile home. I iced my foot (and right knee which had to make up for the sore heel) and rested the rest of the day. When I got back on my feet to take two of my kids to swim team practice, OUCH! I could barely walk. I hobbled through the rest of the evening, even shopping. We had to go to the city to get some things.
I'm guessing it's plantar fascitis. I've never had it this bad before. Bad news, I know I need to take a break from working out right now. When I woke up this morning, I could barely walk. Good news, I found some shoes that seem to help. At Sports Authority, I was trying on shoes, thinking that old shoes may have caused this. A friend had earlier mentioned how she loved her "shape-ups", those funky shoes with the rounded bottom. A generic brand of those were on sale, so I tried them on. This was in my completely gimpy, barely walking state. Instantly, I felt relief in my heel. Most of the pressure from walking was now on my arches and not my heels. It still hurts to walk, just not as bad and I can almost walk without limping now. If you haven't tried these crazy shoes, I have to say I recommend trying them. I think they are intended mostly for walking. I still have to look them up online. They seem to be helping my foot to heal.
I'm still bummed, though. I love my working out time. It's my alone time now, and I feel such an accomplishment when I finish, especially now with C25K.
I kind of knew my time was coming for an injury. I have two best friends. One broke her foot in December, the other broke her ankle in February. Until I found these shoes, I was thinking of borrowing the crutches. As a mom, I'm finding it hard to slow down. I have so much mom stuff to catch up, but the kids are being a huge help. So, I'm taking it easy, as much as a mom of six can.
Wednesday, June 02, 2010
Unfortunately, I had to work last weekend, Friday thru Sunday. I enjoy my job and the people I work with, so it's not that bad, except that I really wanted to enjoy the weekend with my family. Early Sat. morning, one of our systems went down, our fax imaging system. When I left late Sunday night, it still wasn't up. That made for a busier weekend than it should have been. You don't appreciate the systems you have till they go down. Because of that, I only had Spark time to get log in points and that was it.
Our furniture came on Saturday, two dressers and a night stand for our bedroom. They are beautiful!! I feel like a grown-up now. Sunday morning we left notes for the kids to let us sleep in. Neither of us slept well and felt sick in the middle of the night because of that. At 10am Sunday morning, I heard the kids sneaking into our room. Then I heard, "One, two, three...Happy birthday..." They sang to their Daddy and had a surprise for us. They made breakfast for the whole family! Oatmeal, toast, coffee and an orange for Brian. They warmed up my scrambled eggs for me (I usually make a huge batch and save them in the fridge.) They had everyone's breakfast made and on the table. It was the perfect way to wake up.
Monday was Brian's actual birthday. We headed up to Sioux City to ride their bike trail by the river. I LOVE this bike trail! Much of it is shaded and there are lots of things to see along the way: several playgrounds, a paddle boat welcome center, Lewis & Clark interpretive center, a marina, a bar & grill by the marina. We started by the band shell and went all the way to the end of the trail. There's a park there with several playgrounds. On the way back, we stopped at the bar & grill for dinner and watched the boats go by. Mikey (my oldest) and I had the kid carriers attached to our bikes. We each took one twin and a case of Powerade. We both did pretty well on the 8.4 mile trek, and Brian was able to keep up since he didn't have an extra load to haul. Mikey and I have each had more time to work out, and I'm just glad Brian could do this trip. He even threw a football around with two of our boys. I love it when he's active. I gave him the option of choosing whatever he wanted to do for his birthday, and this was what he chose. We all had such a fun day, Dairy Queen blizzards and all!!
Thursday, May 27, 2010
I borrowed this from QUEENBEE333 & MUSICMOMOF2
A-Age: 42 on June 8
B - Bed size: King
C - Chore you hate: Dusting.
D - Dog's name: No dog
E - Essential start your day item: I have to start with breakfast: scrambled eggs, plain yogurt with vanilla & stevia & strawberries, coffee or tea and vitamins
F - Favorite color: purple
G - Gold or Silver: Silver
H - Height: 5' 4"
I - Instruments you play: I play none, but four of my kids play piano, one plays sax and one does percussion in band.
J - Job title: Stay-at-home mom & hospital pharmacist
K - Kid(s): Mikey (almost 14), Patrick 12, Mary 10, Stevie 8, Sean & Bridget (both almost 5)
L - Living arrangements: 4 bedroom house that would seem large to some, but there are eight of us.
M - Mom's name: Shirley
N - Nickname(s): Ski (in college)
O - Overnight hospital stay other than birth: One I don't want to talk about, and one for a circlage to be put in to hold in the twins
P - Pet Peeve: Biggest one - That my kids and husband don't pick up after themselves.
Q - Quote from a movie: Not from a movie, but a TV cartoon I believe from the 1990s. "And, isn't sanity really just a one-trick pony anyway? I mean all you get is one trick, rational thinking. But when you're good and crazy, oooh, oooh, oooh, the sky's the limit!" (The Tick)
R - Right or left handed: right
S - Siblings: Two younger brothers
T - Time you wake up: 7 a.m.
U- First word that comes to your mind for U: Unbelievable
V- Veggies you hate: Lima Beans and strong onions
W - Ways you run late: Trying to get too much done before having to be somewhere. My husband and kids make me late a lot too.
X - X-rays you've had: teeth, chest, knees, and I'm sure some more parts
Y - Yummy food you make: My kids and hubby like most of what I make. My favorite: Taco salad (no chips or shell), kids favorites: sweet & sour chicken, corn casserole (corn muffin mix, corn, creamed corn, sour cream, butter, eggs-not healthy at all!)
Z - Zoo favorite: Penguins
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Yesterday I read the Daily Spark Blogs, "Think You're Too Big to Run..." parts one and two. These have inspired me to step it up a little with my walks. I've been wondering if I'm burning enough energy with my walks. Already, I've tried some small spurts of jogging, mostly downhill when the stroller is hard to hold back. These blogs inspired me to try to build on that. I don't have the "Couch to 5K" program, but it sounds like you start with one minute jogs, followed by 90 seconds of walking. I tried that today, and did 10 one minute jogs. My long walking route which I took today also has some killer hills. I counted six. That limited my jogging time, but going up the hills I did lunging steps. I think if I double one of my shorter routes, I'll still get 3 miles in, but I'll be able to jog for more spurts.
I've never been a runner, but I'm excited about the possibility that I might be able to jog a 5 K some time, hopefully a flat one. The kids are out of school starting Friday. I can start walking/jogging without the stroller since I have a teenager to babysit. Who knows what I can accomplish?!!!
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