Still not running. Still sad about that.
Deciding to try and lose some of the weight dating/breakup/injury put on, so hello elliptical. For reals.
I’m going to try and post to this blog my stats for the day’s gym visit. If nothing else, hopefully it will keep me semi honest.
If things progress well, maybe I can look at a5k in the late fall again and I’ll be back where I started in ‘12. Ha! 😆
5 year old boy
Me after I run too far.
I am weak. And I have a terrible attitude about it.
(OMG an excuse for me to use a cumberbatch gif on my running blog.)
(PS: i went for a walk the other day, not long, just like 2 1/2 miles. Foot hurts. Took 2 days to get to the not super pained. UGH, you GUYZ)
So on the 3rd, I drove to Indiana to spend some time with friends and family for the 4th of july. I was shopping at Meijer for my niece’s present and was limping SO badly around the store that after an hour I was in my car crying. I took a shit-ton of advil and it was manageable for the rest of the evening. (Keira, i love you. Just want to throw that out there.)
On the 4th, I took advil before any pain started and it seemed to be okay. I hung out with a friend and her baby, stood around at a bbq all afternoon, and even walked to the park and back with my mom and my niece & nephew without too much pain and only took the drugs in the morning.
Yesterday I made it back home without much incident (note to self: check gas cap on car, make service appt), and up the 3 flights of stairs. I didn’t do much when I got home; took a nap, cried a bit (mostly about the car), watched the rest of The Wire S3.
Today though, happily, no pills at all and while I’ve been SO sedentary (read: watch all of FX’s Fargo), I didn’t wake up with pain and my puttering around (vacuuming, picking up a bit) has been good. Now the important thing here is to NOT try and overdo it and let the damn thing heal.
For workout routines and what not, my plan now includes thinking of the next 8 weeks as baseline training. Get back to fighting weight, get the cardio back to better conditions, lift some weights but keep the impact super low. I’ll see how tomorrow goes and if the foot still is okay without drugs, maybe some time on the elliptical to see how low impact cardio goes. I’d do swimming but my gym really only offers adult laps at like, 5am, and i can’t handle that.
I’ll try to keep this updated as much as possible re: how i’m feeling and hopefully by the fall, I can re-start some 5k training. I think, for me, the key is to think of this as pre-training, ya know? UGH. Anyway.
If y’all didn’t watch Fargo on FX, you need to get on that. Holy shitballs.
The return of red faced running!!
Today’s run was ok. Had some really weird pain at the top right side of my right foot about 25 minutes in. I’ll ask my physical therapist about it tomorrow.
I can’t explain accurately how much I’ve missed running. I got home today after a long hassle with car insurance companies basically fucking me over left and right. I was busy at work AND forgot my lunch this morning so I said “fuck it” and came home. I had “lunch” that I had made last night (turkey and avocado on Pumpernickel and a giiiiiiant salad with some pretzels) and was feeling a bit better. The Nike+ team asked if I could send them a test “run” to trouble shoot these split times being super odd and I was feeling inspired enough to say, “Stacey. It’s a gorgeous evening. Walk to the gym. Go for a quick treadmill run [the split times are funky with indoor runs more than outdoor runs and I didn’t want to change too many variables with this… Also the treadmill keeps me honest with pacing and intervals and not doing TOO much too quickly].”
So i l did and I feel so proud that I made it out of the apt and to the gym after I already was home. That rarely happens and it’s 62° and perfect outside to take a slowish walk home. So yeah. Have a silly selfie of me feeling a bit like a badass when I got home, even though I’ve still got such a long way to go (and I’m hoping this got thing isn’t a big deal!)
I’m such a dork.
So I’m working with the nice people over at Nike+ to fix these wonky split times. (I’m actually surprised that I’m not talking am hour to run a mile…). They had me reinstall the app and salt, I lost my progress with the coaching portion. Not a big deal as I was only a week into it, but it’s still so frustrating for my scheduling. The (very) silver lining is that the coach program now shows my mileage goals for that day, which it hadn’t shown before.. Hmm
Anyway! I’ll keep y’all updated on how this goes and if I like the coaching program. I’m definitely doing this at the beginner level since I’m coming back from an injury and want to be sure I take it slow and steady.
Back on the horse as it were.
The Nike app has a new “coach” feature that I’m trying out. So I’m working on trying to take it slow and steady and get back into being able to just run a 5k again. Yesterday was supposed to be just walking but I have plans tonight so I’ll be doing the walking today instead. Yesterday had some interval training. I was gonna do 1 min jog to 2 min walk but ended up 90 second each for 30 minutes (with 5 minute warm up and cool down bracketing the “run”). I felt good thru the majority of the run and only at the end did I feel some odd pains at the top of my foot and no shin splints or horrible hip flexor issues today.
Ideally, I’d love to get a fall race in this year, but we’ll see!
VERY happily, both achilles seem to be acting okay lately. Lots and lots of calf stretching.
the shin splints are agony, as are my poor hips. falling whilst SLOWLY walking to my car is killing my knee and making the hip stretching very difficult.
I’m repeating my 3rd week of training this week, and i think that’s probably for the best.
I also strongly suspect that my Nike app is being VERY generous with my pacing; I’ll map out a 5k trek soon and recalibrate it soon.
for now, stretching, OITNB, some GoT and bed for a long work week coming up!