Thursday, February 18, 2010

19...Did I Say "Every Day"??

The good thing about blogging my runs...accountability.  The bad thing about blogging my runs...accountability.  I admit it, I skipped a day.  I spent the better part of yesterday reading blogs and writing not one but TWO posts on my other blog.  I guess I'll use the excuse that my calves were KILLING ME...and although that is actually the truth, it really is an excuse for not doing what I had already decided I would do (run every day).  And, I think I am going to stick with ever other day until next week when I'll get the new plan from the running group I joined.

So, today, with calves that were unwilling to get with the program, I went 2.8 miles in a walk/hobble/jog that took about 35 minutes.  (Yes, another of my "goals" that I backed down on--to go for 45 minutes total.)  Today was a "something is better than nothing" kind of training day.  This was the most painful day I've had.  I was THRILLED to make it through a somewhat decent, albeit babystep, "walun" (more walk than run).  (Yes, I'm a whiney baby--I own it--but at least I got out there; I did push myself much harder than I would have in the past.)
1) Something IS better than nothing.  
2) Most importantly...I went to Fleet Feet and found out not only have I been running on just about "the worst shoe" (according to the guy who helped me), they are a size too small!!  I thought they were pretty good shoes, but after watching a video of my stride and then being fitted with a better shoe, I can see that I was wrong!!  So, I bought a new pair of Saucony Hurricanes...and some killer inserts.  I can't wait to try them out (day after tomorrow!!)
3)  My calves are hurting because I have shin splints.  I used to get them on the outside of my shins, so I didn't think that was the problem (since my pain is on the inside of my calves).  As it turns out, that's exactly what's going on.  My darling husband (who used to be a star cross country runner back in the day) gave me some exercises to try.  I also bought something called The Stick that is supposed to help with "trigger points" (much like the foam roller, but smaller).

2)  Use the stick-several times a day, but especially before and after my runs.  
3)  Do the exercises my hubby suggested, along with some suggested by the trainer I worked with a while back.
Thanks for stopping in, come again soon!


  1. Did you at least get up to pee today while blogging?! Ha! That could be something LEARNED today as well! (I have heard that having the right shoe when running makes all the difference in the world!) There's another excuse for me...I just need to get the right shoes and then I'd surely be a marathon runner....I love these posts...keep 'em up!

  2. I think every other day is probably better for your body. This post made me laugh, because I orginially started my blog as the "100 day workout challenge". My intention for the blog was to try a new workout DVD every morning at 6am. It didn't last long. Then I changed the name and moved on. :)

  3. Something is better than nothing, absolutely!! You are doing fantastic. That's great you have a Hubby who can advise you when it comes to running. Hope the new shoes work out and your shins feel mucho better soon. ((Hugs))

  4. You are right, something is better then nothing. I try and do the 20-30 minute exercise but once in awhile at 15 minutes I just can't/don't want to go on but I did do something. I am wondering if I'll ever want to run, I can't imagine liking it but I read so much from you runners and you guys like it. Maybe one day. First it needs to be spring and I can ride my bike. That is the goal for this summer, to be able to ride my bike for along distants.
    Well keep up the great work, you are doing wonderfully. Enjoy your new shoes. I looked at those new ones out that help motivate you along, they looked pretty cool but the price wasn't to cool.
    Have a great day today. God Bless!!

  5. Thank you for taking the time to comment on my blog.
    Your comments are always welcome.

    I hope you have a wonderful weekend,
    God bless you and your family,

    Mr. and Mrs. Geezer

  6. Fleet Feet in Huntsville is absolutely the best running store anywhere. I don't work there or anything, I'm just a satisfied customer. I also appreciate all they do for the running community in the Huntsville area. They will help you out.

    It's better to run only one mile than it is to only think about running 5. :)


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