Run no more... and a GAIN! Yikes!

Written by cwforlife on 5/30/2012 2:43 PM | COMMENTS (20)

I'm done running. Not that I was "really" running, more of a slow jog. My walking is actually nearly as fast as my running.

Several weeks ago, I started the c25k training program. I was amazed that I could run at all. I completed week 1 relatively easily. I completed week 2 as well, but noticed that after I'd been running I was having a little "tweak" in my lower lumbar area, a little tingly feeling. I figured I needed to wait until I'd lost more weight to try running again. It was obviously too much impact for me at this weight.

I didn't run for a week or so and then one day I wanted to run. I ran, and ran, and ran... a whole mile and a half. What the heck! So, I bought some running shoes. They felt fantastic on my feet. I ran in them. My right achilles ached after I ran in them. Hmmm...

I rested from running for a few days and tried it again. More achilles pain. I changed back to my walking shoes. It was better but I was still having some issues with the achilles. Last Saturday I fully intended to WALK at that 5k event.

When all those people, young, old, men, women, children, started running, I wanted to run too. So, I ran some, walked some, ran some, and walked some more. I finished the race and was happy that I actually ran across the finish line.

On the drive home, I felt a burning pain at the area of my right achilles tendon. When I got home I checked it out and I have a fairly prominent bone spur there. It was irritated. I don't know how long I've had it or if my increased activity has aggravated it over time and I just didn't realize it. (I have a very high pain threshhold.) My back was also tweaking a bit.

None of this bothers me when I walk, swim, workout at the gym, or ride my bike. It only happens if I run. Running has not been a focus for me. I'm happy to know that if a fire breaks out I can run to safety or if something else tragic occurs I can run out of the way --- like those texting fools that drive on the sidewalks because they aren't watching the road!

I was up 1.6 pounds at my weigh in today. I stayed well within my PointsPlus limits for the week. The only thing I can attribute the gain to is my response to overworking my body the past weekend. I don't think that the one hot dog that I ate on Sunday really plays into things. It was my choice at the bbq with my family, counted and accounted for, and well within the plan.

I'm not even particulary concerned about the gain. So many people experience an unexpected gain and I'm sure that I was well overdue one.

Onward and downward... I'll be walking to goal and beyond!

Photo is my DH stopping to smell magnolia blossoms while we walked the doggie boys the other day.

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  • Post Image yoyo_gal

    6/2/2012 3:13 PM
    btw...Bob looks WONDERFUL!!!!


  • Post Image yoyo_gal

    6/2/2012 3:12 PM
    Onward and downward is right..You have the right attitude! Hope the achilles feels better. i guess maybe you ran to far for the first time..maybe in slow increments?? I understand..I can't run due to my knees...but I really want to now. Maybe one day..but if not..I'm ok w/ walking.


  • Post Image angtom59 (angela)

    6/1/2012 4:00 PM
    My neice who is graduating from Med School next week did a rotation at a Pain Center and 70% of the clients had been runners and that was why they were in the pain clinic. She was a runner but is one no longer she does other stuff to stay fit. Something to think about.


  • Post Image aportner (andrea)

    6/1/2012 2:12 PM
    Great job trying running and being so excited about it. Sorry it didn't work out but perhaps there is another active venture you'll end up trying. You got this.


  • Post Image awesomenanna (susan)

    6/1/2012 1:03 PM
    Running from a fire is about the extent of my joy for running as well!


  • Post Image dwygrl

    6/1/2012 7:01 AM
    Good for you for listening to your body. That is the most important thing and as you said you do so many other active things that don't hurt..


  • Post Image ladylawyr (emily)

    5/31/2012 5:27 PM
    I don't do things that hurt. I walk ... a lot. And now,I swim ... a lot. But I don't run unless someone is chasing me wiht a knife. As for the gain, the WLJ isn't linear, so just keep on keeping on. You know you're on the right road!


  • Post Image longtg

    5/31/2012 2:52 PM
    Your body will thank you! Runners are crazy, anyway! ;)


  • Post Image leomarzie

    5/31/2012 1:20 PM
    I'm not a runner eiher..lol! I'd rather power-walk..swim and lift. As far as the gain..no biggie. You've got this!!! I've been losing and gaining the same pounds for months..frusraing! Just gotta keep on moving. See ya at the finish line!!!


  • Post Image lindoriamarie1

    5/31/2012 12:49 PM
    I am glad you are listening to your body, we have to be in it for the long haul, and all the other activities you are doing are great!!!! Sorry about the gain, it's always dissapointing, especially when unexpected, but you have a great attitude, and once again it's about the long haul. Love the magnolia flowers in the background photo, cute pic of hubby and dogs too:)


  • Post Image bteeter1949 (beverly)

    5/31/2012 12:16 PM
    Carole--You are such a gracious person. I too cannot run. fused ankle prohibits the running action. Today is my weigh-in. I am afraid I will show a gain too. Since my last weigh in I babysat granddogs, babays at other grandkids all over night events. My eating has been pretty much OT, but not perfect and my exercise has been spotty. We will see.


  • Post Image luchini1989

    5/31/2012 11:39 AM
    I too have been hurt by running. I am back to walking again. I was just watching "The View" and they were discussing how some people should not vigorously exercise and I think I am one of them. Your weight gain may be due to fluid buildup in your joints from all the exercise. You are so positive about everything and you always get me back on track!


  • Post Image theresat57 (theresa)

    5/31/2012 11:07 AM
    You take good care of YOU girlfriend! You do so well without running that I doubt it will be something you'll miss. I'm sorry that you're hurting....so rest up and get feeling better! We are FINALLY back from traveling all over and I can't wait to do some catching up with you!


  • Post Image buttercup591 (valerie)

    5/31/2012 10:36 AM
    Nice pic of your dh and the boyz lol I have a bunch of pics of my hubby and the boy too :). I am sure you will bounce back, you are doing so well. Hope your achilles and back settle down for you. Positive thinking is a great thing!!!


  • Post Image wwtally

    5/31/2012 9:47 AM
    (cont'd) pattern will keep you from stress eating. Others might throw in the towel in a similar situation, but not you. Never has been you; never will be you. YOU are in it for the long-haul...for life! Take care.


  • Post Image wwtally

    5/31/2012 9:47 AM
    I love that your DH lives life in a way where he takes the time to "stop and smell the roses"...even if the "roses" happen to be magnolia blossoms. Sorry your in pain and hope it goes away soon. I admire you are in-tune with your body talk. That sync you have with your own biology is probably helping you lose sensibly. Sorry about the gain, but by taking it in stride as a natural part of the loss >>>


  • Post Image mctkathy (kathy)

    5/31/2012 8:01 AM
    I don't run for other reasons-knees and now achilles tendon problems cause from much less impact exercise. Hang in there, stretch and give your body a chance to warm up to your new exercise. Low impact is my mode of movement. Hey, maybe the gain was muscle? Always a possibility.


  • Post Image pm_rose

    5/31/2012 7:59 AM
    I'm sorry you're having pain. Good to listen to your body and adjust your activity. Running for me is out of the question right now. Carrying this extra weight makes it difficult on my knees. Besides I'm afraid (the girls) will flop up and knock me out! :) Don't sweat the gain. I'm sure its attributed to all of the activity and you may have some swelling. Have a great day Carole! You truly are an inspiration!!!


  • Post Image callaocat

    5/31/2012 7:42 AM
    I kind of agree about running, some of us are just not meant to run. I find whenever I start a running program I get a bit of knee pain. I'm remarkably pain free otherwise, and I just don't want to tempt fate. So I walk, sometimes with a very brief skip and a jog. I'll cycle myself into the ground. But running probably just isn't for me!


  • Post Image tholtman (tracy)

    5/31/2012 6:58 AM
    With your great attitude, you will be walking to success! Thanks for sharing your blog with us!




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