Saturday, April 24, 2010

C25k Week 2 & 3 (and 3 again)

Sorry for going m.i.a. there for a bit, life kinda got away from me. So here's a recap on the last few weeks and an update on where I'm at now.

Week 2 went really well. I did not have any problems hitting the set times and felt really great after each session. I was totally loving the program after week 2.

Week 3 was not so good though. It started off badly when my first run was delayed by 3 days. Saturday, which is when I had been starting the weeks, we were out of town all day, so I had planned to go Sunday. But Sunday morning I woke up feeling a little off, but I figured it was because of the junk I had eaten the day before and that a good bowl of oatmeal and a little waiting time would make it all better. Wrong. I ended up getting incredibly sick not long after that bowl of oatmeal (lesson, don't eat oats if you feel wonky) and was forced to spend the rest of the day on the couch barely able to stomach water. Turns out that this nasty little bug had been going around work, and apparently it was my turn. Monday I still felt bad, so no run that day either. I finally got to run on Tuesday and it wasn't great but wasn't horrible: I could feel that it'd been a few days since my last run and that I was kinda dehydrated/rundown from being sick.

My other two runs of week 3 weren't any better. On the second run about halfway through I started getting this shooting pain up the sides of my ankle. So I cut back on the running times and gave myself a day off before run 3. Unfortunately that didn't help and I had the pain again. So I thought maybe a couple days rest and a repeat of week 3 would help: wrong again. I only managed to make it to the gym twice last week and both runs were horrible and painful.

I've felt this before actually, but it's been a few years. In high school I did marching band and started to feel this pain during long parades. It's this horrible burning sensation up the tendon that runs up the outside of my ankle. It goes away shortly after I stop whatever I'm doing, but while I'm doing whatever it is it becomes incredibly painful just to take a step. We never quite figured out what caused it back in high school, but when I became a lazy bump-on-a-log after school I didn't have to deal with it and stopped worrying about it (plus, with the weight I've lost I was hoping I wouldn't have to deal with it anymore).

I have two theories on it though. One is that it's a type of tendinitis. Some basic Google researching this past week has me thinking this could be it. The other theory though is that it's just another symptom of my messed up legs: my hips and ankles turn (or kinda lean) out, while my knees turn in. When I messed up my knee in high school I had to do physical therapy and the therapist mentioned this the first time he saw me walk, news to me but not apparently to my mom. She told me later that they noticed this when I was really little but my craptastic doctor told them to just put me in high-top sneakers and I'd be ok - wrong! My mom later said that she wishes they would have put me in leg braces or something back then, so maybe I would have so many issues now. Oh, and if you want to see how bad it is, grab a pair of shoes I've worn for awhile and you'll see that my feet go out so much that I wear out the outside of my shoes really quickly.

I'm not sure yet what I'm going to do. I've been loving running (up until the whole burning tendons thing), so I don't really want to stop. I know I should go to the doctor probably, but I don't really know if I will - I hate going to the doctor. I may continue to baby my ankles some - rest, ice, etc - and may try to play with the C25k program and fine-tune it to something I can handle right now. I'm really just not sure. But I promise I'll let you know as soon as I come up with a plan.

I'm trying to turn myself from a self-proclaimed non-runner into a pavement-pounder by my first 5k this summer - and I'm doing it with the lovely Breanne of "Bella Vita". Check out my announcement post and Week 1 (and week 1 again) plus check back weekly for my training updates as I make my way through the Couch to 5k program. And if you're a runner with any tips I'd love to hear them!

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