Thursday, September 2, 2010

Event Update: The Good, the Bad, and the Tragic

The Good: I did another 2 miles along the river (for a total of 4 today) and my foot really doesn't hurt that much at all, other than at the injection site. I think I won't have any problem with the 5k next weekend. Yay!

The Bad: I couldn't get any of my minions to join me tonight, other than HFC Squirrel, and he abandoned me when he realized I wasn't going to give him any noms.

The Tragic: I was wearing jeans cause I forgot to change into my gym shorts before I left the house. By the last 1/4 mile I had a wedgie so bad that I had to clear my throat to fix it. Ouch.

Walk tonight, 6:30 at Riverside Park

Anyone who is up for it, we are doing another walk tonight at Riverside Park in Sebabstian. I will park in the spaces on the right just after you come off of 512, across from Hess. Hope you can join me!

Monday, August 30, 2010

Evening Cardio

I decided to add some evening events to the calendar. I know it's last minute, but tonight I will be taking a stroll around Riverview Park in Sebastian. I plan to get there at 6:15, and will park in the spaces just as you come across rte 1 from 512. 

Later this week, I might do an evil outing. Did you know that it's a 3 mile round trip from the public pool parking lot to the DQ on 512? Ask me how I know this:-)

Before you exercise...

I just got back from Colorado. It was an interesting trip. A lot more vertical hiking than in Florida for sure! Just being at the higher altitude affects breathing and such. But I have to say, this was my 4th or 5th trip out there, and other than the plantar faciitis acting up after I stopped and the muscles got cold, this was the first time that I did not have any knee or leg pain from hiking. I have been going to the gym at least 4-5 times a week since January, and this is the first time that I really felt like I saw a HUGE payoff.

However, between working out at the gym and doing two 5k's, I have learned a few things the hard way:

  • Stretch before and after you try to do long distance walking/running.  After my first race, I had horribly painful shin splints, and since my second race I have been dealing with plantar faciitis. Neither are fun, and both could have easily been prevented with appropriate stretching. If you are thinking of trying long distance, do a little research and make sure you perform appropriate stretches before and after you work out.
  • Make sure you have good shoes. In the past, I would usually wait till my back went out before I bought new shoes. You really can't be cheap if you want to be serious about working out. Also, if you do suspect you have a foot problem, don't screw around buying over the counter orthotics. I tried that twice before I finally saw a podiatrist to find out what kind of orthotics I actually needed. I even took my hiking boots to my podiatrist to make sure that they are appropriate before I went to Colorado.
  • Talk to your doctor and make sure you are good to go before you start. If you typically suffer from knee or joint pain, ask your doctor about supplements. I have been taking Glucosamine/MSM/Chondroitin and it really seems to help. (For readers with lap bands, note that many supplements now come in either liquid or chewable form, you don't have to deal with the 8 inch horse pill supplements!)
  • Invest in the appropriate clothes for the type of activity you are doing:
    • If you are riding a bike, get some padded bike shorts and a helmet. You might look like a goof, but you will be safe and comfortable. 
    • If you are rowing (on real water) wear a life jacket. 
    • For both rowing and doing upper body work in the gym, get a pair of workout gloves if you blister easily. 
    • If you are walking or running, get a pair of spandex (or, from Junonia, "QuickWik") shorts. You aren't gonna win any fashion shows, but after a long run or walk, you won't need a proctologist to surgically remove your shorts from your butt crack either!

I think many people who start out a workout program are like me in that we have tried exercise in the past and quit after a few trips to the gym, so we don't take it seriously when we start again. I realized after a few months that I was taking it seriously this time, and I really wish I had started paying attention to things like stretching, shoes and clothes a little earlier.

My message here is this: Even if you didn't take exercise seriously in the past, you might stick with it this time. So, take care of yourself from the start, don't wait till you have an injury! Make sure that you take care of yourself while you are taking care of yourself.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Event update!

The Garden of the Gods Hike was awesome. If you didn't join us, you missed lots of birds, including a prairie falcon going after some doves. Here is HFC David at the entrance to the park:

I will be posting new events (for Florida) soon. Let me know if you have any suggestions!