Slow progress - and that's the way I want it!
Tuesday, May 07, 2013
I've decided to throttle down my transition to running. I was running one minute, followed by two minutes of walking. After a few weeks of that, I increased my running to ninety seconds. I think that's too much for my body at this point.
I switched to minimalist shoes last fall. I love them, but I suspect my nearly-200 pound body is too much for an unsupported foot to bear. I don't want to go back to regular running shoes, so I've decided to continue with my 1:2 run/walk until I know my feet can handle the pressure. I have occasional pain in my feet, so I do not believe I've injured anything. I think I just need to lose more weight and increase the strength of the connective tissue in my feet; in other words, I am NOT quitting on my goal of being a triathlete.
Since committing to getting out of the office at lunch every day, I haven't missed a day, with the exception of an office function held at lunch last Thursday. I feel pretty good about that. I need to maintain my mindset that any amount of exercise is better than sitting at my desk through lunch.
I've started researching triathlon training. I'm staying at hotel with a pool a couple of days next week, so I'll have my first swim in more than a decade. I tried on an an old swimsuit last week. Although I'm still pretty flabby, I was happy that I wasn't completely repulsed by what I saw. Maybe that comes from realizing that I can't get out of wearing a swimsuit in public if I want to train for a triathlon.
I found a website that shows the current temperature of the Columbia River at the Bonneville Dam. That's a ways downstream, but I'm guessing it won't be much different that the temperature in the Tri-Cities. (Despite all the Hanford jokes, the water isn't any warmer here than it is downstream.) And right now, it's in the mid-50's. Even with that temperature, I saw people on water skis & jetskis on the river yesterday. Yeah, the air was 90F, but that river is still cold!
I'm hoping to find a local who's selling a triathlon wetsuit they no longer fit into. But if that doesn't happen, I'm prepared to spend the money on a new wet suit. I figure I'll also end up joining a local fitness club in order to have access to a pool. (That kills my tightwad nature, but I keep reminding myself it's for the best!)
Right now, the biggest thing I need to conquer is getting enough sleep. I try, but I end up getting to bed later than I intended. Some nights, I just have a tough time getting to sleep. (And this despite having no caffeine after 11 a.m.) Tomorrow, though, I'm taking the morning off because I have a doctor's appointment at 9:45. Even with a run/walk in the morning, I should be able to sleep in. Yay!