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The Plan

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Well I did indeed go to the gym tonight. My plan was to do a good stretch session first, focusing on my calves and shins, and that's what I did. Then the plan was to do walk/run intervals until I started to have serious pain in my shins, which is also what I did, but I hate that I had to do it.

I ended up on the treadmill tonight because the indoor track was super full and I didn't feel like bobbing and weaving through so many other people. I don't think that had anything to do with the cramping - I think it's just something I'm going to have to gradually work through. And I'm hoping that when I can get those new shoes, that's going to be a major fix.

After the cramping got serious, I moved to the recumbent bike as the ellipticals were also all full. That helped quite a bit as it moved the focus to my quads and I was able to maintain good cardio by adjusting the resistance in addition to rpm's. It was boring as hell, though, and I missed the track. I'm really looking forward to being in shape enough to move it down to the waterfront at least once a week.

I'm feeling super negative this week. I know it's partially the pain and also partially fear. I'm afraid that I won't be able to run because of something structural and I've really set my focus on running. I need to get in to the doc to see if this is in fact the case because if it is, I obviously need to reassess my plans and goals. At any rate, I'm looking forward to some kind of mood lift, and soon! I was invited to take a Zumba class on Friday with a co-worker and I might overcome my self-consciousness enough to do it...
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LAYERS_OF_ME 1/26/2012 12:15AM

    I will! I'm currently reading back entries for your blog and noticed you have a c25k app for your iPod Touch? I would love to know where you got it and how it works so that you can listen to audio books and run that app too.

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THEFIRESPIRAL 1/26/2012 12:11AM

    Heh, which I don't have as a college student. Not significantly anyway. But there may be something through SHAC. Cross your fingers for me!

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LAYERS_OF_ME 1/26/2012 12:09AM

    PT meaning physical therapy, not personal training. Although that's not a bad idea either, but physical therapy can be covered by insurance.

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THEFIRESPIRAL 1/26/2012 12:06AM

    Maybe when I get a real job. I've worked with trainers quite a bit with varying results - the best shape of my life, back in 2007, was definitely due to working with a trainer.

I think I'm going to call SHAC in the morning and see if I can at least get in to see a doc and make sure these are just "growing pains" so to speak and that these are not actually injuries.

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LAYERS_OF_ME 1/26/2012 12:01AM

    Awesome! I'm glad you made it to the gym. I'm super envious that you have an indoor track. The new YMCA in Silverdale has a great one, but alas, I moved to West Seattle. Regarding your shins, there are two major causes for shin splints. Weak core and bad shoes. It sounds like you're working on both, so good on ya! Don't get too disheartened about running yet. You're just starting. Doctors tend to be really conservative when it comes to running, especially with newbs, unless you get a doctor who is also a runner, or a sports medicine doc. There are some great physical therapists out there too, who know just the right thing to do. My PT discovered that my calf tear was due to a tight soleus (the muscle covering the Achilles tendon). He gave me stretches for it, and wouldn't ya know. It might be worth checking into PT.

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