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Walking and intervals

Sunday, September 09, 2012

I signed up for the Trick or Treat Virtual 5k. And I signed up for the walk/jog 5k training plan.

I did the walking plan this summer with great results. And I wanted to bump it up a notch. The problem is, it hurts. More than it should. Regardless of how fit my doctor and my friends say that I am, I'm still well over 300 pounds and it hurts to run. Even when it's only for a minute at a time.

I've been having problems with my left foot/ankle. I've noticed it in zumba. The symptoms point to achilles tendonitis, but I haven't gotten it check out yet. It makes jogging excruciatingly painful. Plus my knees hurt, my shins hurt. Everything aches after I do one of these training runs. The real problem comes later. I'm recovering for days and days after one of these runs. Which means I can't go full out in zumba (which I do for my JOB) and it makes the next jogging session even more dreadful. I stall and avoid the runs and then I get out of the training cycle which makes it all the more difficult.

This morning as I was out on the bikepath I was almost in tears because I just hurt so bad. I don't want to quit and I desperately want to be a runner. But I also have to realize that now might not be the perfect time.

I think I'm going to go back to the walking plan. And lengthen it to do a 10k. And sign up for the Turkey Trot
The walking plan I did before had a timed walk one day and a distance walk on the other two days of training each week. I can always do the walk/jog intervals on the timed day if I want to keep trying.

I feel like this is a good compromise. I'm still working towards a goal, but I'm listening to my body.
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    You definitely should NOT hurt when doing the walks. Take it easy and recognize your limitations. If it's not muscle soreness, you need to follow your instincts and dial back so you don't have one injury on top of another injury and then have to sit out longer than you want. I am ~40 lbs overweight and refuse to run until lighter just because I can feel my knees and ankles and achilles telling me to stop. Therefore, I will just walk as fast as possible, walk longer, walk more hills, etc., to get my cardio.

    I applaud you for going for it and for your DESIRE to be a RUNNER! Go for that 10K and be glad you did!
    2047 days ago
    It shouldn't hurt, so it's smart to dial back and take your time/heal so you don't cause any damage.

    Yay, the Turkey Trot! I've done it a number of times but was shut out last year when I waited too long to register and they were full! I haven't been running at all for a long time and need to start walking again to work my way back up. I'd be interested in meeting for a walk sometime or even doing the Turkey Trot together if you'd like (I usually listen to music when exercising/during a race so understand if that's your preference).

    Have a great week!
    2049 days ago
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