Saturday, December 09, 2006


I think I may have finally reached the turning point on my injuries. I don't really know for sure what changed things, but I definitely feel stronger. A lot stronger. Two things I am sure helped: lots of swimming and time.

After my "successful" bike/run on Thursday, I decided to try it again today, only increase the time and/or distance of both. So I decided on a full hour workout, an increase by 15 min. from my longest up to this point. I did 40 minutes on the spin bike, with enough resistance that I felt it, and then planned to do 20 minutes of running. The running went so well that I ended up doing 2 miles straight through, in 22:28, 11:14 pace. This was a comfortable pace, but I was breathing hard just the same, just not out of breath. I really wanted to do more, but I am still of the mindset that I need to pace myself here, and I think I am right. Better to leave something behind for later than use it all up and have nothing to work with later.

My heel also was not a factor today. I did buy a new pair of Thorlo socks from Hollie, the sock merchant at work, and will likely buy a couple of more. I have been in desparate need of new socks for the longest time, but was convinced I could only wear a certain type, which I have been unable to find either in the stores or on line. But now that I think of it, I have been wearing this particular type of sock for almost 3 years, and it has been the last 3 years that I have suffered constantly from the heel pain I complained about last week. So, could it be the socks? Could my feet be that sensitive that a pair of socks might make all the difference in the world? I don't really know. I only know how my foot felt today and Thursday, and neither time was I bothered with that heel pain, either during running or after. I guess I can keep experimenting to see if these new socks really do make the difference. To be safe, I did do some icing after each time, but didn't really feel the need, only did it as a precaution.

I will be shopping and other things on my feet most of the day, so time will tell. If something so simple as a sock can get me to a future finish line, then I need to buy a truckload!

1 comment:

Flo said...

Wow, it sounds like you are making awesome progress. I agree though, don't put it all out there just yet. You have time for that and it's clear you'll be able to do it in no time at all.

Hmm, socks being a problem?!?!?! I never thought of that. I'm going to pay attention to my plantar and see what socks I'm wearing when that happens.