Life without running and my progress (with pics I hope)
Monday, April 04, 2011
Last Monday along with the fear and stress of my daughter being in the hospital I realized I was having some discomfort during my run. On the inside of my right foot from the instep up to the ankle (there's a little meaty part that sticks out) I was having some pain. Well it wasn't pain so much as discomfort. I could keep running (and I did) but it never let up and got steadily worse. I wasn't able to run on Wednesday because I was with my daughter and watching my granddaughter but when I ran again on Friday the pain was still there and was actually worse. I have been doing strength training (SP 28 day challenge) and my running has been my cardio. Now I figure I should take a little bit of time off from running. The pain seems to only come when I am doing a high impact exercise such as running, certain kickboxing moves, aerobics, and jumping rope. I'm not sure if it is a muscle, tendon, or ligament or even what I did. I don't remember twisting, turning, falling, or even having a misstep. I have no idea but what's worse is without my running I have no idea what to do. I finished the 28 day challenge so now I don't even know what to do. I miss my running even though today was the only day so far that I have missed. I feel lost and am afraid I will start to gain weight from not exercising. To top it all off I've been tired and down all day. I know I need and want to exercise but I do not have the money or access to a gym or equipment. All I have are my own two feet, Spark, a set of 5 pound dumbbells, and the internet. I've checked out the videos on here but most have areas of high impact. I'm afraid I will keep my foot messed up and not be able to run for longer. Erg I'm so frustrated. I take great care to try and not injure myself (no insurance so if I get hurt I have to stay that way) and to continue my healthy journey. Ugh I just don't know what to do. I want to go run but I'm afraid I'll just get hurt more. Has anyone else had a similar injury or know anything I can do to help recover so I can run again? Any suggestions on how to exercise and get cardio in without my beloved running? Ugh I just want to be healthy and continue on but without running I'm just lost.
This is me in the beginning. At least 158 if not more.
On another note I have officially been active on Spark for 90 days. I have lost 16 pounds, 6 inches off my waist (a few inches elsewhere too), and am officially in a size 6. I'm feeling great about it even though my clothes are too big and I can't afford new ones LOL. I'm looking decent if I do say so myself.
This is me at the end of February right after my first 5K at 147
And this is me now at 142 and in a size 6.
Here is a side view.
I don't know that I see a huge difference in the pics but I know I haven't been able to wear a size six for a very, very long time. I even tried on one pair that I could have slipped off without unbuttoning. I'm still kind of weird though because there are pairs of 8's that are still too tight. Oh well I'm not done but I can see progress and I like it. I just hope that my foot doesn't cause me to lose everything. I'm still focusing on food (although with my daughter in the hospital I was eating out too much) and staying within all my ranges. I'm almost half way to my goal and I'm starting to feel better about myself but there is still a long road ahead.