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.
Due to the above minimal to moderate injuries, I ended up taking seven more days of rest than Hal recommended:
- December 15, 2012: Day 6
- December 16, 2012: Day 7
- January 13, 2013: Day 35
- January 15-20, 2013: Days 37, 39, 41, and 42
The worst injury award goes to my suspected metatarsalgia which continues to plague me even on short walks to the store. Hence the reason I recently switched to alternative forms of aerobic activity such as rowing on an ergometer, biking on a recumbent, and running on an elliptical.
But, it hasn’t been all bad. Heck, I even won a race! Plus, I got to celebrate my 52nd birthday by running (on an elliptical cross-trainer) for 52 minutes and had at least one smoking fast walking outdoors day!
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.