Wednesday, November 19, 2008

In fact, this might be a little bwah, bwah, bwah.

Well, hey! Sometimes you come here and you get a little story about running. Other times you might get a bwah, bwah, bwah account of my latest (and clumsiest) injury. And then there are the days -- like today -- when you get a follow up. Can you stand it? An actual follow up.

Why, Happy Runner, you say, on which poignant post could you possibly follow up? Your writing is so thorough. So descriptive, so rich with detail.

You're too kind, readers. Too kind.

OK, too kind in my mind. In reality, I'm sure you're rolling your eyes and wishing I would just get on with it. Enough with these intros already!

I do have a thing for them, don't I? Yes. Yes, I do.

So. The follow up. It's not quite as big as I've built it up to be, but here goes. The ankle is feeling great! It's taken a while to get to this point but your suggestions helped. As you know, I rested for a full week and then eased back into running. For the past 10 days, I've been running with Ace bandage, as recommended, and that has proven to be the right thing to do.

My recent Aha! moment was not a fluke. I've continued to run at a faster pace on the treadmill than I normally do and that is making all the difference. It makes perfect sense: I was running around a 9:30/mile pace on the treadmill, but I run much faster outside on my hilly routes. By speeding up a bit, I've been able to find a better rhythm to my runs.

Remember back when I was participating in the Hundred Push-up Challenge? Those dozen or so weeks when I was struggling to complete the six week program? It's a little embarrassing to say but, I gave up. No judgments, please. I just couldn't keep it up. I wanted to. Really. I had visions of myself dropping and giving an imaginary drill sergeant a cool, easy hundred.

Only, it didn't work. I kept repeating week 5 and it was getting discouraging. So, I was done. Just done. Maybe I'll pick it up again sometime but not now. I will say, however, that I still do push-ups now and then and they are much easier for me than they were when I first started the program. Success! Sorta.

That's it. I feel bad that the build up was a bit out of proportion. Except that I think you're getting used to that kind of thing from me.

12 comments:

Julianne said...

Glad to hear that your ankle is doing much better!! Love the build up to the "follow up"! :-)

Diana said...

It's great to hear that things are good! Ankle is doing well and you found your grove.

Dramatic intro for something that is a big deal (there are few things more important than your health)...it works :) Besides, it makes it more entertaining in a good way. I like it.

J said...

Soo glad that your ankle is feeling better and the treadmill workouts have been better!! That is good that you can at least do some push ups - I don't even know if i can do them lol!

D10 said...

Glad you were able to find your rhythm on the TM. What great news about your ankle too.

BeachRunner said...

Good job on the pacing and great job using the bandage. Keep on grooving and efff the pushups.

ncrunner12 said...

Don't get down on yourself with the push-up thing, at least you started it... I haven't even gotten that far yet. Glad the ankle is feeling better... that's great news.

X-Country2 said...

Oh girl, I broke up with the 100 push-up challenge before I even started. :o)

Hopefully the ankle keeps getting better.

Marlene said...

You got further than I could have with the push-ups. I'm lucky if I can do 10 girlie ones. I look like such a wuss @ Boot Camp!

Glad the ankle seems to be a-ok.

*aron* said...

yay glad the ankle continues to feel better!!! great job on your runs :)

tfh said...

Still doing push-ups now and again is good! I'm also glad the ankle is feeling better. Now that you mention it, I had been wondering. I'm glad you're speeding up on the treadmill. I always run much faster on the treadmill than I do outside-- because I can, somehow, and because otherwise I get bored,

Natalia - Embracing the Weight Loss Journey said...

I'm always amazed by people that run. It's something I've always wanted to be able to do! I have a lot of dreams about it! :)

I saw a comment you made on Diana's blog about making your computer area so that you can stand! I think that's awesome.

I saw an article, don't remember where about some companies that we're putting their employee's desks on a treadmill so they were walking all day long. Maybe only like.5 or .8 miles an hour, probably wouldn't be safe to go much faster than that while talking on the phone and using a computer, but it's still better than sitting all day!

Amanda said...

err I totally flopped on the push up challenge too.. oh well, I'm still a runner!

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