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A pain in the....foot

Friday, April 12, 2013

During the last 2 or 3 weeks my workouts have been lacking. I just couldn't stay consistent and never made my goal of burning 500 calories a week or at least working out 3 days a week.

Then I was heading to the gym on Monday. I was really feeling in the mood to workout (whhhatt??). I wasn't tired and I actually remembered all my gym gear. But a nagging voice in my head kept saying that I DID NOT want to get on that treadmill to do my 5K training.

I of course ignored it and got going on the treadmill. About 8 minutes in, my foot totally cramped up on me. This happen the week before to my foot along with my calf muscles suddenly aching. I had to stop my workout short that day.

I tried to ignore the pain and push through. But the cramp in my foot just didn't let up. So I stopped.
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This was discouraging and I just wanted to go home. But I knew if I wanted to look and feel good on my wedding day, I could not quite. I was determined to get in a 30 minute workout. I made my way over to the elliptical and did the remainder of my time there.

Driving home, I came to the conclusion that I haven't been consistent with the gym because I dread going on that treadmill! Not only because my body cramped up and throbbed but because I am not a huge fan of runner. Even though people vow that it grows on you, I just can't learn to love it. And I am okay with that (for now!).

So I am putting aside any kind of running training and staying clear of the treadmill. I have been feeling great this week after only 2 days of working out on the elliptical. I hope that one day I can officially call myself a runner. But right now, I can just would like to call myself "active".
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2BDYNAMIC 4/13/2013 11:03PM

    I used to be an 'avid' treadmill user ............. UNTIL pain became so intense in feet ...... due to plantar fasciitis! .... I am literally forbidden to use it and now do solely (no pun intended) .......... non wt. bearing ... (except for tons of walking that is required in the work place) .......... Also before the pain, do you happen to do really good Achilles stretches? ........... those tendons must be stretched well or injury can occur. I hope it subsides. emoticon

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SARBRO928 4/12/2013 3:30PM

  I use the elliptical as well. I hate treadmills (I canít seem to run straight) and the weather had been too much of a challenge for me to run outside. I got into it for a while (before the winter) but I would fall off track for a week and lose everything I had gained. I find it easier to commit to a bike or elliptical. I would love to be a runner Ė but I am not YET. At this point, I can only do a little before I cramp out. I get more out of using the elliptical Ė and I am after results (health and fitness). Recently I have taken up running again (weather has improved). I am only doing it 1-2 times a week but I think I am going to sign up for a 5k in June (force myself up to 3-4 times a week).

My advice is always find what you can commit to. If you think after a week that this is not an activity I can do at least 3 times a week, skip it for now. If it makes you miserable, find something that doesnít. It should be hard, but attainable. Itís important you get both of those things.

Good luck!


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