Note: Felt GREAT!!! No hot spots on my left foot nor any other malady.
Oh, and one other thing, in the past when I’ve used a GPS watch to monitor my walks/runs I’ve paused its recording at stop lights, etcetera. But, not this time. That is, other than when I was in the store shopping I was recording my movements/non-movements.
This ultimately made the whole walking experience better. Especially since I didn’t have to worry about pressing the watch’s pause/resume button on the way back while carrying heavy groceries. Thus, going forward, I’ll be doing the same for all grocery-getting days.
Since today is the last day of Hal Higdon’s 10K Walking Program, I figured I should do a brief recap of the various things that happened along the way. First and foremost, as you can see from the list below, I hurt myself a lot. That is, I’ve already got my money’s worth out of the Large ACE Reusable Cold Compress with “soft touch fabric” I purchased near the beginning of this program.
Do I blame Hal (shown in the picture above) for all the bad stuff? No way. I just obviously need more basic conditioning with the focus on strength, muscle balance, and flexibility before I take another one of his programs outdoors. Plus, of course, my left foot issue needs to go away before I can even think about walking fast or running again.
So, what I am going to do now? Great question. For the next 56 days I will continue rowing, biking, running, and strengthening at the gym. See my Training page for more information.
In fact, I will be taking the rest of the week off any kind of physical activity including walking and weightlifting and most likely return Monday, January 21. When I return I will not immediately resume walking outdoors. I can tell my foot needs more rest than that. Instead I will use my gym’s elliptical trainer and treadmill so I can stop the moment I feel any kind of hot spots arise.
On my current budget I cannot afford to purchase let alone insure, gas up, repair, etcetera, a car. Plus, I like that I’m helping keep the planet cooler by not burning fossil fuels. Thus, I am carless in Oregon. Which, isn’t that bad really.
Thankfully I work at home as a Software Test Engineer at beAutomated—where we make custom WordPress Plugins—so my commute is from my bedroom to my living room. And, as you’ve seen in a past post, the majority of what I buy food wise (and pretty much everything else) is well within walking distance at the local Fred Meyer store. Fellow nerds will appreciate that I also live right next to Fry’s Electronics as well.
But, the point of this post is to let you know that injuries or not I walk more than I state here on this site. As for the image I used, it’s a scene from the film Dude, Where’s My Car? which is how I feel sometimes being that I’ve always had some kind of motor vehicle since I was old enough to drive. But hey, who says you can’t teach an old dog new tricks?
This was day 34 out of 56 of Hal Higdon’s 10K Walking Program which called for a five mile walk. But, although the temperature outside wasn’t that bad, 28°F, it was too icy/slippery for any kind of fast walking. Thus, I went to the gym.
Walk (treadmill): 4 miles per hour @ 2 elevation for 90 minutes
Note: At first it seemed like 90 minutes was going to take forever but after 50 minutes or so I felt really good and continued to feel that way to the end of the walk. All in all it was an enjoyable experience.
Note: Unlike Tuesday, it was cold enough to warrant two jackets which included an outer rainproof non-breathable shell. Moreover, it was dark and as you probably guessed rainy as well. But, it was a GREAT walk! Why? Nothing hurt! Not even those pesky left foot hot spots I am usually plagued with when I try to increase my pace. Oh, and did I mention my pace was smoking fast?!