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Sore Heel

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.

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VIBSTER 7/8/2010 12:43PM

    I really appreciate everyone's input. I've only been walking/jogging since mid May & I'd say for the last three weeks I've been struggling with plantar faciitis. My goodness very painful!!! Just the other day I walked/jogged 6 miles & boy have I been paying for it. Aside from getting fit I really want to run a marathon, but I suppose if I really want to make that dream come true I need to give my foot some time to strengthen & heal. emoticon

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ASMPP1 6/7/2010 7:15AM

    Take care! It is painful when you do not take time for it to heal. I ended up with shots...did not slow up when I should have.

No problems with it, since then! emoticon

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DJ4HEALTH 6/4/2010 12:19AM

    You can freeze a bottle of water and then have it roll under your foot and you will find that it helps allot too. Best thing is that you can refreeze it for when you need it again.

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MYLADY4 6/3/2010 8:29PM

    Have the same problem. Just bought a new pair of running shoes and it helped. The guy at the show store told me that Asics running shoes were very good. I pronate and these shoes should keep me from rolling in. I noticed a differnce today on my run. I also try not to go barefoot but where some croc sandles and that helps as well.

Take it easy and get a really good pair of shoes, so worth it.

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MUSICMOMOF2 6/3/2010 8:23PM

    Take it easy. You can always swim. That will keep the weight off of your heel. You don't want the injury to get worse. Hope your heel feels better soon!

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TLROYER 6/3/2010 7:35PM

    Take care of yourself! I would be bummed if I couldn't work out too after all the progress you've seen. Try doing some hand weights for your upper body. At least you would feel like you were doing something. You might even be able to do some leg resistance like leg lifts. Let us know how you are doing. Terry

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  Listen to ALLISON145 - if there's one thing my sister knows its the effects of *not* slowing down when you're supposed to! emoticon emoticon

Hope you feel better!

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BRSCLS 6/3/2010 3:39PM

    I had plantar faciitis last year, what terrible pain! I also found that saucony running shoes helped as well they are much more padded than other shoes I think New Balance would work as well. I iced it daily with a water bottle frozen because you can roll it around to your heel, and I did alot of calf raises and runner lunges and it seemed to help, there was another stretch I did as well with a towel rolled up I think I found it online. I too kept going and did not rest it like I should have and it was 6-9 months before I was better.

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ALLISON145 6/3/2010 3:25PM

    If it feels like there is broken glass under your heel, then you're probably right about it being plantar fasciitis. Please be sure to take time to rest until it feels very very much better or it can hang around for a long time (I messed with it for almost 6 months last year because I wouldn't slow down). It's always worse when you're off of it for awhile (sitting on the couch or sleeping) and then get up to walk. One of the ladies I work with is using shape-ups right now for the same reason and says they help a lot. They also tone your butt, so bonus there!



P.S. Stretch your calves! Seems odd, but that helps too!

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BILLY4225 6/3/2010 3:23PM

    I was wondering if these shoes really had an effect on walking. Sounds like they may be worth trying.

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Memorial Day Weekend

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!!

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ASMPP1 6/7/2010 7:10AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon Glad you all had a great day together!

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TLROYER 6/3/2010 8:36AM

    That sounds like a great place to bike ride. We might have to check it out this summer. Glad you had a great day. Terry

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MUSICMOMOF2 6/2/2010 12:25PM

    Sounds like you had a fun time! Hope you have a great rest of the week!

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ANEILSON 6/2/2010 12:05PM

    Sounds like you had some great family time!! emoticon

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Borrowed, but still fun...

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

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ASMPP1 6/7/2010 7:06AM

    Thanks for sharing!

Sounds like the Kentucky Spoon Bread I make. I have made it healthier with a few changes. Still goes over well with everyone!

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SHELLKAYE 5/28/2010 8:10AM

    I like this. I will have to fill it out later. It's always nice to learn a little bit more about our spark friends. emoticon

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MUSICMOMOF2 5/27/2010 2:46PM

    Mmmmmm, love Corn Casserole! Thanks for sharing!!

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Daily Spark Inspired Me

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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THEQUEENBEE333 5/27/2010 12:32PM

    I hope to start running eventually.... and the more people like you I see trying it, the braver I get! Good job in getting out and trying something new! GO YOU! Have a great week!

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ALLISON145 5/25/2010 4:41PM

    Hey There!

I'm working on C25K myself - very exciting stuff! I'm actually going to start over next week since I took a few weeks off just to be sure I don't overdo it. If you're into the tech toys you can get podcasts that do the hard work of timing the intervals for you. Check out for details on the program. I think any type of interval training will help you though, so I wouldn't get too hung up on the details if you're seeing results with what you're doing.

Great job trying new things!!

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SHELLKAYE 5/25/2010 3:18PM

    This is great. Glad to see that you're trying something new. I'm also not a runner, but I do spurts of jogging. My hubby's a jogger and he motivates me to try it. Pushing a stroller uphill is a hard workout for me. Good luck on your new program. emoticon

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HUSBANDANDDAD 5/25/2010 2:26PM

  "Who knows what I can accomplish?!!!"

We all do - we all know you can do it - keep it up!

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"Do...or do not. There is no Try." - Yoda

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MUSICMOMOF2 5/25/2010 2:23PM

    Interval training is about one of the best ways to burn calories. That's what my Turbo Jam workouts do. She has us getting our heart rate up, then backing off a bit, then up again. Way to go on trying something new!! Plus, the fact that you'll be able to get out and try it without the kiddos will be a great thing!

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FREELADY 5/25/2010 2:05PM

    This is exciting! You are accomplishing so much!

I took a similar path, except no stroller, and I love it! I recommend picturing yourself sleek and strong while you're jogging or walking!

My coach says the bursts of intensity interspersed with moderate effort, just like you're doing, actually burns more fat than the long runs.

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Our Brains Finally Started Working!

Monday, May 24, 2010

Brian's home safe and sound from his trip to Phoenix. We spent his first day back shopping for a dresser for my oldest daughter. We've spent the last couple of years rearranging where the kids sleep. We finally got our third bunk bed in the fall, and got the kids arranged the way they will stay. Unfortunately, only two kids have their clothes in the bedroom in which they sleep. We're finally fixing that, but needed a new dresser.

We're shopping and only have the twins with us. This was nice and more relaxing except for the overabundance of salespeople attacking us. Just let us browse! I started spotting bedroom sets I liked, for myself. Then it dawned on us. We have never gotten new dressers for ourselves. The ones we have are hand-me-downs from Brian's parents that he used growing up.

New plan! The girls get our old dressers, and we get the new ones! I can't wait until Saturday! Our bedroom will finally look like a grown up bedroom. We've only been married 15 years. It's about time, don't you think?

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THEQUEENBEE333 5/27/2010 12:32PM

    Wow. I love new furniture - hope you adore yours! Enjoy! I need to get a dresser for my daughters room soon too!

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ASMPP1 5/25/2010 7:17AM

    Enjoy it! emoticon

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LOSINGITALL4ME 5/24/2010 1:38PM

    Sounds like us! We didn't get a bedroom set until we had been married many years also. Enjoy!

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SHELLKAYE 5/24/2010 12:34PM

    Sounds great. After 15 yrs of marriage and 6 kids, you two deserve a nice bedroom set. I hope you enjoy it.

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TLROYER 5/24/2010 12:07PM

    Now that is some smart thinking :) Good for you! Enjoy your grown-up room. Terry

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LISAUNFILTERED 5/24/2010 10:22AM

    My husband works for a furniture company and we finally got "grown up" furniture that we LOVE!

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KATHRYNLP 5/24/2010 10:11AM

    How fun is this.. don't feel guilty because others might not have a new bedroom suite. 15 years is a long time to wait. I'm so happy for you. Enjoy your new room. emoticon

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ALLFLUBBER 5/24/2010 10:08AM

    My dresser is from goodwill and my husbands was sitting free at the curb ;) Congrats on the new furniture! How exciting!

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MUSICMOMOF2 5/24/2010 9:59AM

    Wow! I wish I could have a new bedroom set. Mine is a hand-me-down from my aunt. I'm jealous!

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