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RICE - Part II

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Today I told the Phys. Ed teacher about my foot pain, and she suggested that it might be an arch issue. My feet are just not used to all this running, so I believe that she might be right. I stopped for some arch supports (the Dr. Scholl's gel ones - the pain is not too bad, and I'm trying to take good care of my foot) after school today, and I think I'll try wearing them tomorrow. The back of the package says that I can wear them in sneakers so I might try running a little bit tomorrow afternoon to see if they make my feet feel any better. Maybe I'll even go for a little jog tonight to see.
Went swimming this afternoon. I think the timed breathing of swimming is helping me to breathe during my runs. I'm rarely gasping for breath when I run, except if I am having an "off" day. I can't really gasp for air while I swim, unless I want a lung full of nasty pool water.
Tonight I will be watching The Biggest Loser season finale. I LOVE to see how the contestants changed since the beginning.
Off to work on a paper...

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EATNBOOGERS 5/14/2009 5:17PM

    I have super high arches (and I train carefully as a result)... if it's an arch issue, definitely go easy. Icing helps, support helps. I also try to avoid concrete as much as I can (trails, cinder tracks are great). Increase your mileage *slowly* and carefully... I think the guideline is not more than 10% per week. Good luck!

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JESSIEW84 5/12/2009 7:14PM

    If you aren't used to running did you get the propper running shoes? Go to a sports shoe store and have them fit you to a pair of shoes. Some shoes have higher arch support than others which could really help you. If you're wearing shoes that don't work for the way your foot hits the pavement, Dr. Sholl's won't help as much as a pair of shoes that fit right.

Another thing...are you lacing your shoes too tight in certain parts? You might try lacing them differently.

Good luck.

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Tuesday, May 12, 2009

I have a bruise on the top of my foot. I'm not sure how it got there, but it's there. And it hurts a little bit.
Usually I am very stubborn and the earlier, less body-aware version of me would ignore it and hope it went away. But I decided to follow RICE for my foot. And by god, it is working! It feels much much better.
This afternoon is a swimming day. I need to rest my foot.
Have a Sparky Tuesday!

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EATNBOOGERS 5/12/2009 8:43AM

    You're smart to be careful about this. Icing works wonders, too--and it's good that you're remembering to do *all* parts of the RICE.

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Eight days to go!

Saturday, May 09, 2009

My first 5K is on May 17th. I am SO excited. This morning we did a trial run through the course. I kept pace with one of the trainers; she is going to be my pacer at the race. She doesn't have any clients that are running, so she told me that she would run with me. Yay!
I finished today in 25:50. Huh. It *is* a fast course, I suppose!
I think the top of my foot is bruised a little bit. This week I'm going to try icing it and also I'll look for some sort of compression band. RICE.
Not weighing myself every week has been good for me. It's helping me focus on getting my 5K time down and also getting the miles in. I even saw a little shadow on my tummy today, like an indentation, and that made me really happy. So if I see that shadow, I guess it doesn't matter whether it is at a certain weight number or not. I'll check in on the scale in about a week or so, just to see where I am, but I'm not going to obsess over it. Feels so liberating!
Today is going to be a wonderful day!

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EATNBOOGERS 5/10/2009 4:38PM

    Wow, good for you! So fast!!!

I don't really like the way icing feels, but it is *so* effective. If you are concerned about an injury, by all means, *do* ice.

I love those mysterious shadows. :-)

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Wahoo! New shoes!

Friday, May 08, 2009

I have a really ancient pair of ASICS and a pair that I bought back in January. Today I decided to retire my ancient pair and add a second "good" pair to my closet. I went to the local running store and bought a pair of Brooks Defyance. I immediately put some more quarters in the parking meter and ran three miles. The new shoes are wonderful. I really like them. It was nice to have someone give some suggestions for shoes. However, I did feel better when the sales guy said that the ASICS were the right shoes for me anyway. The Brooks are a different feel... they are a bit lighter and I feel like there is less shoe around my foot. It will be nice to have two very nice and different pairs to run in.
I almost bought a "Runner Girl" sticker for my car, but I think I will wait and have that be my reward for finishing my first 5K, which is next Sunday! I am SO excited. Tonight's run was a bit easier than it was last week, and tomorrow morning we run the route again, so I am hoping that it will be even easier tomorrow.
Tonight I will go to the gym and do some upper body stuff. It's getting warm... sleeveless season is almost here.
Happy Friday!

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EATNBOOGERS 5/10/2009 4:41PM

    I love new shoes!

Here's a tip for you... you might want to keep track of how many miles you put on a pair of shoes... there are various recommendations about how many miles are okay before you retire them. (I tend to be a slacker about this, and it's part of the reason why I finally started logging my miles--yes, to keep from overusing my shoes and injuring my feet.) Runner's World (online) probably has some recs... 300 mi rings a bell, but everyone's different.

Another tip... if you find a model of shoe that you *really* love, think about watching for sales on it and buying a pair (or 2) to keep in reserve. Sometimes, the models change in bad ways, and when you go in to get the "new and improved" version, the toe break is different or something else is different and you're back to square 1.

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Ye olde soccer jersey

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Today is ACES day at school, which means "All Children Exercise Simultaneously." All the schools in the district will have the students outside doing exercise at the same time. We were allowed to wear warm-up pants and jerseys to school today, and our sneakers. My fiance went to Goodwill a while back and bought a high school soccer jersey don't ask why, I have no idea) that I decided to wear today. As I put it on, I thought to how it might have looked a few months ago: very unlikely that it was ever *my* soccer jersey. But now, I can actually imagine having worn this jersey. I can run now, I look quite a bit fitter, and there are no rolls peeking out from this jersey. I actually kind of look like a soccer player! And since I am already decked out in my work-out clothes, I think I may stay in town after school and get in a short little run downtown. We'll see how I feel, although it's sounding good right now.
Went to Adidas last night and got a CUTE new running skirt. It's technically a golf skirt, but it's super cute and has little shorts under it; perfect for running. I think I'll wear it on the run this Saturday. Or maybe it will be my 5K gear...? Speaking of 5Ks, I found a "clothing optional" 5K around here. I will NOT be entering that, but it made me giggle when I thought about all the jiggling parts going down the street.
Yesterday's PTA lunch was SO good. They had lots of Mexican food for Cinco de Mayo. Had a small vegetarian burrito and a piece of Mexican lasagna. YUM. I entered everything into the nutrition tracker, and I managed to stay within my ranges! Wahoo! It is getting somewhat easier to stay within my ranges since my calorie goal is so high. All this running and swimming! I like being able to eat a peanut butter and apple snack after my run and know that it will not affect my nutrition goals, even with 2 tablespoons of peanut butter. My new-found knowledge of food rocks. It really helped me figure out the good choices yesterday for the PTA lunch.
This has gone on long enough. Have a Happy Hump Day!


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EATNBOOGERS 5/6/2009 8:38AM

    ACES sounds like fun! My boys *love* soccer jerseys... my younger one has one (with matching shorts) which my dad got him, and he'd wear it 24/7 if he could. They have a bigger one in their dress-up box, and they love that, too (I think because it's a little shiny). :-O

A clothing optional 5K makes me giggle. Um... what about jog bras?

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