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Too Soon

Sunday, August 18, 2013

I've been on a roll. Friday I had no foot pain. The physical therapist told me I could do run 1, walk 3 intervals, and she cut the schedule down from twice a week to once a week. I go back to PT on Thursday.

Friday noon I did my first batch of run 1, walk 3 intervals. It wasn't like running, but it was a step up from walking. Saturday, my feet had twinges. Today, I judged the feet well enough to run another set of intervals. Maybe I should have waited till Tuesday.

The intervals proper went well enough. It was 80° F and sunny with negligible wind. I carried a water bottle with me, and used about half of it. Added one small hill to get enough distance for 10 cycles of run 1, walk 3. The final total was 3.59 miles in 40 minutes, for an average pace of 11:09 per mile. That's acceptable for intervals.

Got home, stretched, took an ibuprofen, and iced the feet. Got up to get a shower.

The left foot felt like it had regressed. The sensation was right on the border of whether I should call it pain or sore. So, let's test. Can I do heel raises? Two feet, no problem. Right foot, no problem. Left foot, heel raise comes with pain. Like the old saw: "Doc, it hurts if I do this." "Don't do it."

I'm not hurt enough that I can't walk, but I don't really want to walk briskly on the left foot this evening. Took a sanity stroll down the street to work on getting my 10K steps (always a challenge on a Sunday) and thought about it.

I really need to back off the intervals for now. I don't know for how long. Tentatively, I think no more for a week, till next Sunday. But definitely no more before the next PT appointment on Thursday.

Yeah, the foot will probably feel better tomorrow. It might even feel close to normal on Tuesday. But I've been down this path before, and gone back too soon. Now is a time to be cautious. Hence, this blog, to remind myself that sooner isn't always better.

I will come back to running. But this week's run/walk intervals turn out not to be the start of the return. That's waiting a while yet.

Meanwhile, I can still walk. I don't want to lose that from trying to get back to running too soon.
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    Caution-yep, it pays off. I love the "sanity stroll"! Think I'll need one by tonight.
    1767 days ago
    "Took a sanity stroll . . . ." Great expression! I'm gonna use that one lots from here on in : )

    Bleah! re the foot though. You're definitely right not to overdo it too soon. You know the drill, you'll come through this.
    1767 days ago
    Take I slow....I know it's hard but better to give it a rest.
    1767 days ago
    Hang in there. The body has a way of telling you when you are trying to do too much. Talk to your PT, and make sure you relay all this information. She may have some suggestions/ideas to try to build more slowly.
    1768 days ago
    Sorry about the setback... I wish you a good steady progress for the next weeks.
    1768 days ago
    Looks like you have the right priorities, but holding back can be hard to do.
    Keep that long-term outlook and you'll succeed.

    1768 days ago
    It is well with you!
    1768 days ago
    Now, you see, I've been a little worried you might be pushing a little too hard. I don't know what to do, though. I want to encourage you, but I've had enough experience with guys in my department re-injuring by exercising too much enthusiasm. But I'm not your boss. I can't give you that one more week of light duty that gets you back to work faster.

    Maybe I should just keep out of your business. I know you'll get this thing whipped.
    1768 days ago
  • NWFL59
    Good on you and making choices that give you long term rewards instead of going for the immediate. Hope the foot heals completely while you exercise patience. emoticon emoticon
    1768 days ago
    Looks like you and Mr. T need to have another heart-to-heart. Slow and patient... you will get there again. No sibling rivalry for my Double HM, OK!?

    1768 days ago
    take your time! there is no fire right? You can do it Kevin! I know you will just be patient! emoticon
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