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Sunday, November 11, 2012

FInally got out to walk for the first time in three weeks. My foot's been tight all week, but it eased up when it warmed up. I'm not sure this dependent-on-the-weather thing will bode well for training for April's half marathon...will have to play it by ear. Regardless, we finally broke the 5k mark yesterday--went 4.32 miles. And each mile was under a 20-minute mile pace (still slow, in the 19-19:30/mile range, but...), but we were steady. Today, we got out for a 2.18-mile walk--didn't want to overdo it and flare up my foot. As it is, today's pace was slower than yesterday, but still under 20-minute mile pace. I'll take it.

I'm really not sure if I'll be able to train over the winter. If this past week was any indication, the answer is iffy at best. It was cold at the beginning of the week and I was gimping around. The weekend was warm (low 70s) and my foot feels pretty good, all things considered. However, I don't expect we'll have a mild winter (not after last year's mild winter, anyway)...so not sure how my foot will feel. I'm less optimistic that we'll be ready for the half marathon in April. I just have to see how it goes, I guess. Not much choice...my level of activity right now is directly related to how my foot feels, since i like to do cardio.

But I am proud of myself for getting out there this weekend and getting some walking in! :)
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BMJOHNSON84 11/11/2012 2:25PM

    Great job at getting out and motivating yourself! I know it can be difficult when in pain. Would it be possible to look into a treadmill for winter to help with indoor walking? I have an eliptical in my basement, but I still want to get a treadmill. Here in MN, there is no way to go on a walk outside all year long, or even right now. So windy and cold, so the days I can't go out for my walk, I use my eliptical, and it helps me stay motivated.
Also, when your foot feels tight, have you tried soaking it in some warm water to relax it a bit, or wrapping it up, or some ibuprophen to reduce inflammation and pain? Just some things I do when an area gets tight or painful for me. I also use aspercreme to help relieve pain. It is a topical pain reliever, like bengay, but cheaper, and I get the unscented, so no one knows I have it on but me, :)
Keep up the great work!

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