Wednesday, December 11, 2013
I have come to conclusion that I need all new shoes. This happened about two years ago, too.
I have new walking shoes, Sketchers GoWalk. They are really comfy, but not made for midwest winters so I have to wear my old walking shoes or my boots. (I can "feel" both in my knee.)
I haven't caved in for running shoes, yet. I figure I may as well wait until the weather warms up to above single digits AND it's not icy on the sidewalks and streets.
I'm doing well with my "alternate" exercise program. Today I waked 30 minutes at work with a friend, took the dogs on a 35 minutes walk in the neighborhood in the single digit temps AND rode the stationary bike for 60 minutes. According to the bike, I rode over 12 miles and burned slightly over 500 calories. Spark had a different calorie count, so I used it.
I'll keep plugging away at my fitness. I really want to run, but I know it's too slippery out there and many people don't shovel. I don't want to have a major injury and not be able to run at all. I'll be patient!
Keep fanning the flame to health and fitness. Besides being healthier, you'll stay warmer!
Saturday, December 07, 2013
It has been bitterly cold outside this week. I have walked the dogs nightly, but skipped one night and cut another nightly walk short.
I bought some new shoes for everyday. They are Sketchers GoWalk. So far so good. They are really comfortable and my knee hasn't been hurting at all. Next step is to go back to Peak Performance and get new running shoes. Then, be ready for a nice run when the temp gets above the low teens.
I went over 6 miles on my Mom's stationary bike. I was sweating, but the heart rate wasn't what it is on a run. Still a good workout and I could feel it in my thighs, butt and triceps. I'll definitely do it again and add it to my workout rotations.
I plan on signing up for lap swimming after the first of the year. I'll swim every Saturday morning for so many weeks. I'm hoping the diversity of the workouts keep me in shape so that I don't lose any muscle or fitness.
Stay warm and keep sparking, friends!
Tuesday, December 03, 2013
I still can't run more than 1/2 a block. I do think a lot of it is that I need new shoes. I bought mine last spring and I'm sure I have "enough miles" on them. I walked the dogs in my New Balance "walking shoes" and was ok, not great, but tolerable.
Then, I walked in my running shoes and it was bad! I could feel it on the side of my knee, in my upper calf, and above my knee. It was strange!
The other strange thing is that I feel pain if I sit with my legs crossed too long or if I turn or twist. Sometimes it feels like the side of my knee gets "stuck." I really wonder if I may have pulled a ligament, too.
I'm going to go buy new running shoes and also see if they carry walking shoes. I'll give the new shoes a week or two and if I'm still having pain, I'll go see a doctor. Ugh!
I don't want to lose all that I've achieved in the area of fitness. I will also have to get on my mom's stationary bike and pedal like crazy. Maybe throw in some weights/strength training and hopefully, I won't "lose" too much.
Thanks for listening. Any advice is welcomed!
Sunday, December 01, 2013
My oldest, who is recovering from an eating disorder, told me she thinks I may have one. Her reasoning is that I log all my food and exercise. I explained that this keeps me accountable and helps me make sure I'm getting enough protein and carbs. Her response was it was more about how much I ate, not what I ate.
I guess that is true, but so is what I told her. I tried not logging nutrition once and gained back around 12 lbs. As long as I have energy, my body isn't showing signs of calorie deficiency and I'm not "depressed," then I figure I'm doing good!
Yes I look thinner, but running will do that. I was told I exercise all the time. Not really, I just try to get out and move daily. I always take a 2.42 mile walk with the dogs at night and I walk in the morning with another teacher during the week. (Her speed and more for her benefit, but I'm still moving.) When I can I run. I like to run so I run! Since I haven't been able to run, I ride my bike or walk farther distances in addition to "my normal" walks. I don't think it's "bad."
Part of my daughter's stress is that she may have a thyroid problem. I'm going to make an appointment to get it checked. She has gained some weight since soccer ended, but she doesn't think it's due to her eating. (She's vegetarian, too.)
I looked up some natural ways to help her and it says low carb, no coffee/tea/soda, maintain an exercise regime, eat lots of fresh fruits/veggies, and drink 8-12 glasses of water a day. Hum, sounds like a lifestyle change and not a "diet" to me.
So NO I don't have an eating disorder! I have an eating healthy "order" and I intend to keep doing what I'm doing. Now if I could run again, I'd be really happy!
Saturday, November 30, 2013
Since the outside of my knee is still sore, even without running for a week, I decided to go for a bike ride. I just got on and started pedaling and let the bike take me "where it wanted to." I ended up riding 17.37 miles.
It was a good ride with a lot of it on wide shoulders. (I get a tad nervous riding on the street where I can't see cars coming up behind me.) There were some big hills, but of course the other side was easy coasting. I played with my gears and I'm learning. Although the only ones that work on the left side are 2nd and 3rd. I have a 21 speed, I guess. It was given to me by my bro-in-law.
A friend told me about arm warmers and they are the BEST invention ever...ok, next to running shoes. They add just enough warmth and are easy to pull up and down as needed. I could really feel the temps drop in the shade and "valleys" when I was riding. I dressed so that I was pretty comfortable. (I may just be figuring it all out.)
I'm hoping to try to run soon, but in the meantime I'll keep pedaling away. Maybe I should jump in and swim, too. Maybe, just maybe, a "little" tri will be in my future!
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