Day 3.

10 Mar

If so many of my friends didn’t know about my C25K plan, and weren’t so supportive, I probably would be giving up right about now. Partway through my workout today, I decided to turn around and try completing it on the sidewalks through campus.

Big. mistake.

I could feel a definite difference through both of my feet, especially as I tried to jog. There definitely wasn’t as much give as there is on the asphalt, and it was incredibly uncomfortable. I’m thinking about trying to treadmill sometime next week, since it’s totally flat, but I’m not sure about the amount of give it will have in terms of asphalt versus sidewalk. I’m also going to give Gettysburg High School a call and find out if their outdoor track is open to the public. It’s not ideal to drive all the way out there to work out, but might be worth a try as I experiment with what works and what doesn’t.

And this is where the lack of discipline comes in. In the past, if I had had discomfort like this for three workouts in a row, I would have just given up. I think I’ve operated with some kind of underlying belief that the phrase “no pain, no gain” is nothing but a cliche. And while I don’t think workouts should be painful, I’m understanding what that cliche is getting at: if you give up as soon as something feels new or different or uncomfortable, you’re not going to get anywhere. This is why I haven’t ever made any significant progress in terms of personal fitness in the past, and what is going to make this process harder.

But, luckily, I have an awesome support system, and I’m teaching myself discipline, so I’m encouraged. If, after next week, my foot is still hurting on a consistent basis, I might make an appointment with a foot and ankle specialist in town to see if that helps. I also know I need to get better about staying hydrated on a regular basis, so I’ll have to find a way to remember to drink more water. My grandma sets an alarm, and maybe that’s not such a ridiculous idea!

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2 Responses to “Day 3.”

  1. Caitlin Glass March 10, 2012 at 1:49 pm #

    So sorry to hear that you’re having pain, Julie. I know how frustrating that can be! The Gettysburg track IS open to the public–at least the one at the middle school is. Another idea (softer surface…less of a slant than the road) would be the horse trails. I don’t like running on them, but I know a number of people do. It’d be worth a shot, perhaps. Keep up the good work! You CAN do it!

  2. Adele March 10, 2012 at 8:10 pm #

    I was afraid this would happen with the concrete. 😦 I’m sorry!! Treadmills, I’ve found, ARE better than sidewalks, but still worse than asphalt. It may be enough to reduce your discomfort if you try one, though. The horsetrail idea is also a good one! I think they’re harder to run on, but in a good way as they seem to use more muscles/effort. I applaud you for not giving up. It’s SO SO hard to stay consistent and committed through pain, no matter WHAT your pain tolerance level might be. But I think you’re wise to seek out a specialist if you need to. No use damaging your body for the sake of lent, after all. I want more than anything to cheer you on through this 5K, whether in person or from afar.

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