Friday, July 06, 2012
I had an awesome year last year. I participated in over 12 5Ks for various causes and 3 mud runs. Then in January I went out on one of our unseasonably warm days and ran a 5k and achieved a new PR. I could barely walk the next day but after not running for a month I expected a little discomfort.
So here I am 7 months later and I am still unable to run without paying for it for the next week. Needless to say that due to a huge decrease in activity level for the past 7 months I have gained about 20 lbs.
This is where the do over comes in. First thing tomorrow I am going to enter in my CURRENT weight and measurements on SparkPeople and get my life back on track. I need to suck up the fact that it is dangerously hot here right now and as much as I hate to workout inside I am going to have to make the best of it.
I have no excuses, I have free access to a full gym and $2.00 aerobics classes to include spin, water aerobics, Zumba, step, and yoga. I have an extensive workout DVD library worth hundreds of dollars, I am sure. Not to mention my recent inflatable kayak purchase and a new hybrid bike. I have had the kayak out a few times and my arms are like limp spaghetti for the next two days. I have yet to take the bike out for a good spin due to the heat. I just got it this past weekend and it has been in or near 100 degrees here for the past week.
My son was great last Friday. We spent the afternoon at the pool and he ran laps with me in the lap lanes. We also did some walking lunges and swam a few laps. He does owe me a Just Dance session on the Wii. Oh yeah, I have Wii workouts too.
Like I said I have no excuse not to get my butt moving. I am just unable to do what I really want to do without ending up getting another series of cortisone shots. I round of those in your heel is enough for anyone.
Heck I even broke down and called the free Weight Management program that comes with my health insurance. She isnít due to check in on me for another week or so. I started reading Bob Harperís Skinny Rules today. I know that my diet could always use some improvement but compared to what it was 3 or so years ago it is pretty good. I know that I let things slide every now and then but seriously it isnít that bad. I gain weight in my sleep, as soon as I stop moving I turn into a fat magnet. The fact that I am over 40 isnít helping at all.
So now that I have had my pity party and made my plan to start over public I am hoping that it will help keep me accountable.
Two steps forward and on step back is still in the right direction, right????
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
So my release to start training again was short livedÖ..
I absolutely despise being told that I canít do something. What is even worse is know that I have done things and am now unable to do them without paying for it.
In the past few years I have discovered that I like running something that I was never really able to do, being an asthmatic and all. Well I have finally gotten past all that and have participated in numerous 5ks over the past 2 years. I have gradually gotten to where I can run all 3.2 miles without having to stop and walk. My walking sessions were either due to breathing issues or cramps in my calves. I was even able to run my best 5k time ever of 35 min this past January. Well who knew that if you take a month off from running you should NOT head out for a full 5K just because it was 70 degrees in January.
Apparently, I am learning this lesson the hard way. I have been having issues with the tendons and ligaments that run from my heel through my ankle into my calf and shin for over three months now. I have had to walk the last few 5Ks as well as this past weekendís Mud Dog. I am heartbroken. I have issues now no matter what type of activity I try or what shoes I wear while doing it. I can force myself through the activity (circuit training, walking, running, etc.) and I can barely walk for the rest of the day. I can manage to get some relief by the next day after sticking my entire foot into a tub of ice water and a healthy dose of Aleeve.
I do have two very good friends that have walked some or all of the events that I refused not to participate in. Good friends like that are very hard to find. I love you guys.
I do have an appointment to see a sports podiatrist, unfortunately in is in 2 weeks. What the heck am I supposed to do until then? I canít sit still and when the weather is nice it is even harder for me. I love hiking, trekking, biking, walking, running, and whatever insane DVD Program I couldnít help but purchase and torture myself with. Mud runs are by far my favorite activity, the muddier and crazier the obstacle the better. If they donít figure out how to fix this soon I am going to go insane. I swearÖ.I gain weight in my sleep. I can exercise like a mad woman and watch what I eat for months and not loose so much as a half a pound.
Ok, I guess that is enough complaining and feeling sorry for myself for one day.
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
As I mentioned in my status update, I got the ok to start running again. I am really excited about this. Although I have to start from scratch, I am going to start the C25k training program today.
My girlfriends and I have a list of 5ks that we want to do this year. Most are repeats of last year but there are a few new ones, too. We did 12 regular 5Ks last year and 3 mud runs. My first 5k, this year, was a bit of a disaster. I attempted to run it with an injury and ended up making things worse. I have 2 5ks this weekend. I have been instructed by my doctor to walk the first one (on Saturday) and use the 2nd one (on Sunday) as part of my C25k training program. This is going to be super difficult for me. I completed a training 5k in January in 35 minutes, my best time ever. To be in a competitive situation and knowing that I have run this route many times in the past and having to force myself to walk is going to be a challenge. After all, going out and running a 5k in January after taking a month off is how I got into the situation I am in now.
What did I learn from all this? If you take time off from running or any other program, donít try to pick up where you left off. I have been going to the doctor and having soft tissue work done for the last 2 and a half months. Very painful.
I also started Jillian's Body Revolution yesterday. I am really hoping that doing both with help get off these extra couple of lbs that I picked up due to the restrictions from this injury. I am not sure I can stick to her diet plan but I eat pretty healthy already. It just might take me a little longer to see the results from the program.
So thatís my plan. Yay me!
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