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. :-D
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?! ;-)