The Shrinking Knitter is a no-whine zone, but today is a day in which I have to be honest, and in order to be honest, it's going to sound like whining.
First, let's get the first-of-the-month, then-and-now photo out of the way. Obviously I don't have one of those new HP cameras with a "slim" setting, nor did I Photoshop away any of the lumps and bumps. I just thought you might want to see The Dress. Moving on!
If you've been reading carefully, you've learned how much I enjoy walking and jogging outside for exercise. Last week I found a novice half-marathon training schedule, and this week have been trying to determine if I was fit enough to begin – meaning, could I run three continuous miles, three or four days per week.
I've done so twice – today would have been my third attempt. But when I came back from the Friday run I knew I was in trouble.
I've been ignoring some heel pain the last month [maybe more], hoping it would fix itself, or go away. Funny how the body doesn't work that way if you continue abusing it. The morning run went pretty well, but by Friday afternoon I could barely walk. And you know how when one part of you hurts, the rest of you just kind of breaks down as well? I was a mess by Friday night. The reason Thursday's eight-mile walk was so hard was because of the heel pain from Tuesday and Wednesday's workouts.
A little research – I love Google – leads me to believe I have plantar fasciitis. Treatment? Among other things, rest. [I'm seeing a podiatrist Wednesday; being able to continue running is too important to me to self-diagnose or self-treat.]
Which leads me to Plan B. In order to continue burning calories through exercise, I'm going to have to step up the weight training and start using the rowing machine. I know I need to rest my heel. The reason I know is that this morning, after sitting on my ass in the car and at NoSo all day yesterday, I feel like I could go running.
Danger, danger, Shrinking Knitter! Bad idea! As lovely and cool as it is this morning, I need to be prudent.
I also need to change my attitude about the rower. It's not boring; it's a full-body workout!