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My 24 minute mile and new Keens

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Last Monday I decided that I needed to start walking. Just as I decided to get rid of my boot (walking cast) two weeks prior and switch to running shoes (with mixed results), I decided that if I were ever going to be able to rejoin my running club and at least get out and walk with them then I needed to start walking. So at PT I got the go ahead to walk on the treadmill, on the condition that I held on and unweighted my injured foot at least partially, with each step.

I really struggled to not look at the speed (between 2.1 and 2.4 mph) but to just focus on my gait and the distance I was covering. The mile was my idea, my PT said to just try to walk "a bit". When I was finished I was filled with mixed emotions -- joy that I had really walked a mile tempered by that nagging voice in my head that kept trying to whisper nasty comments about how long it took me and the fact that I held on to the treadmill. I swear, that voice in my head will be the death of me someday! emoticon

From the treadmill I got on the rowing machine and in spite of wanting to quit, I rowed my heart out for 20 minutes! I forgot to note how far I went, but that 20 minutes set my benchmark for future workouts. On Thursday I was back at PT and my mile was much harder and 3 minutes slower, but my 20 minutes of rowing covered 4k!! Next week I'll shoot for rowing a 5k emoticon

My other big challenge this past week was footwear. I'm going to Hawaii in 11 days and the only shoes I've been able to wear are my Mizuno running shoes. There is no way I'm wearing sneakers for 2 weeks straight - to the pool, to the beach, with a sundress - uh-unh! So I asked my PT if I could try flip flops this week... he wasn't thrilled but he said OK, provided I get a pair with some arch support (part of my surgery involved lowering my arch, so that was of concern to him). Lucky for me, I knew exactly what flip flop I was going to get - KEEN's Waimea H2

in violet, which is actually kind of pink. My husband has had a pair for a few years now and he loves the arch support and the toe protection - a must for me since my big toe is still not fully fused. The best part? I got them below wholesale through my job!!

I have been walking around in my KEEN flip flops all week, and other than swelling my foot's been fine!! emoticon

Thank you to all my friends who have checked in with me and asked for updates... I've been scarce due to work, but I turned in my badge last night so I should be around a bit more often now. As you can see, I'm healing, but its never fast enough for me... that little voice has got to get gagged!
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    i know this is wayyyyyyyyy late but I LOVE THE KEENS... i got a pair last week.. not the flipflops(they are very cool) but the closed toe ones.. they are the BEST!!! glad you are going to the doctor today!! FEEL BETTER!! emoticon
    2637 days ago
    Another incredible and inspiring blog for those of us who look to you when we want to see what a real athlete looks like!! It's all about dedication, determination & courage!! you're a tough act to follow but I'm gonna try!!

    Love the flops :) great choice and hope you enjoy your vacay!! Everytime that voice pops up next to your head, tell it who's boss and counter it with the positive words you know in your heart is truth!! "Outta here you worthless imp!! I WILL OVERCOME!!"

    You're clearly stronger EVERY single time I stop by to check on you!! We'll be celebrating together one of these days when the treadmill will only be needed for stormy days and we cross a finish line together!!

    Stay Strong!
    2656 days ago
    I am so glad to hear that you are making phenomenal progress. You have such a great attitude. And Hawaii--what a great reward for working through all of this. Glad you're back on the boards!

    2671 days ago
  • S318830
    I'm glad to hear you're doing so well. Don't push TOO hard/fast. But very cool that you're starting to get back into things again. You're doing awesome! I'm glad you made the decision to fix your foot.
    2677 days ago
    WONDERFUL Tammy! So happy to hear you're doing so well.*doing the dance of joy*
    I took a look at those flips and I like 'em! I may just have to get me a pair one of these days.
    I'm so sorry I haven't been around to check in. I haven't been anywhere online really..
    Have fun in Hawaii! Which island are you visiting? -Nice-

    Take good care
    Pam :)

    2687 days ago
    Okay, I should have read this first - lol! You are doing great. And Hawaii? I'm jealous! Have a good time!
    2693 days ago
    Tammy, you are doing GREAT! We just got back from Hawaii last week and it was fantastic - have a fabulous time!!
    2694 days ago
    STOMP ON THE FLIPPIN' VOICE, WOMAN! Just take all your frustrations out on the ugly little voice!

    I am SO HAPPY FOR YOU! Tammy is BACK IN THE GAME! Woo hoo!

    And I'm glad we'll see you around more. I"ve been very lonely.
    2694 days ago
    WOW you have been a very busy girl. Don't look down on that 24 minute mile. It is your bench mark and you will soon look at it and say "Look how far I have come" I remember those days.

    Hawaii in 11 days....have tons of fun. Enjoy yourself, but don't overdo.
    2694 days ago
    2694 days ago
    You are my hero...rowing for 20 minutes is amazing. It has been quite awhile since I was on the machine. Maybe I will have to follow in your footsteps. Never did work my way up to 20 minutes though.

    Don't worry about the speed of your mile. Just remember that it wasn't that long ago that you weren't walking at all:)
    2694 days ago
    Glad to hear it! You go girl!!!!!
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    2695 days ago
    Sounds like you're doing GREAT! Keep up the good work - physically and mentally! And thanks for the advice on a sandal. I love my Tevas, but have been going through them like crazy, and with Plantar fasciitas (sp?) I need that arch support too!
    2695 days ago
  • AUNTIE65
    That sounds like GREAT progress to me my friend!! Can't wait to see you in just 5 short weeks wearing your keens....

    Keep up the good work!!

    2695 days ago
    I wore these Keens all over Hawaii and they were great:


    Hope you have a great trip!
    2695 days ago
    That is fantastic! Just take it one step at a time and you will be as good as new in no time!

    2695 days ago
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