As I promised yesterday, here is my column on the running thing.
My doctor called me an idiot.
I know that I need to lose about a hundred more pounds. That's my goal for the rest of the year. Actually, it's not TRULY my goal, as my goal is to fit in 36x30 jeans and an XL shirt by Christmas when we go to Walt Disney World. If I lose less than a hundred pounds (muscle weighs more than fat), or if I lose more, that's OK. I just want to be able to wear the size clothes that I just told you. Plus, it'll mean that I'll be able to wear the same size clothes that I wore in high school. Which means my letter jacket will fit.
Speaking of my letter jacket, my sweet, precious, loving, innocent daughter saw it the other day and asked me what it was. I told her it was my letter jacket from high school. She then sweetly, preciously, lovingly, innocently asked me if there was a high school when I was a kid, as she couldn't believe that they had it "way back then."
I died a little inside.
Anyway, back to the point of what I started here.
I had stopped running/walking for a couple weeks due to my body just seriously rebelling against me. More specifically, my left knee was really beginning to give me a lot of problems when I went jogging. So, I stopped to give my body some time to rest, heal, etc., and picked up more exercise by doing more water aerobics and dancing.
Well, Monday, I started back on the walking thing. I did a 5K (speed walking) in roughly 45 minutes. About a quarter of the way through it, my left knee started twinging. By the end of it, it felt like someone was shoving a blazing-hot butcher knife behind my kneecap.
But I finished.
Well, I decided to go to the doctor.
He called me an idiot.
But I did learn several things.
- I'm 42 years old. My body doesn't heal as quickly as it used to. It also breaks down easier than it used to. I've got to back off on pushing myself so hard. In fact, he has told me he will not condone me running/jogging until I've lost at least sixty more pounds. He told me I can speed walk, but not as quickly as I've been pushing myself. A sixteen minute mile is plenty fast enough for me at the weight I'm at, as well as the way my knees are acting. Once I lose the sixty more pounds, I can start working on training for next year's 5K.
- When I told him that I wasn't pushing myself any harder than the old people on Biggest Loser, he told me that I wasn't paying a lot of attention to what they were doing on the show. Number one, they don't run a 5K every day of their training. We see them run full-out for only a couple minutes at a time, then they get to back off a little. They are under a doctor's supervision at all times, just in case something were to happen. And, if they have knee problems, they aren't expected to perform as well as those without knee problems. And I have knee problems, so I need to listen to him on this.
- I need to get me some better walking shoes. I've been speed walking in running shoes, which is NOT what they were meant for. They have very little support in them, and that's causing me to put more pressure on my knees than what I need to. He recommended me get shoes like Vibram Five-Fingers, as they are EXCELLENT shoes that not only support your foot, but conform to your foot. And they look cool, too. They're a little more expensive, but he likes them, and has had several of his other patients react better, run faster, and generally perform far better than they did with just some plain Nikes.
So, basically, I need to relax a little on my workout schedule. I need to back off and not push myself so hard. I'm frustrated about it, but I've only got myself to blame. I am looking forward to losing the next sixty pounds, though, so that I can ramp myself back up and be ready to run in the 5Ks next year. This year, I'll resolve myself to just walk them.
Until next time, dear readers...