Let’s get back into the flow of things.
Weekly mileage 23.5 mi
Right now running has been something to do for the sake of doing. I’m not getting much out of it, because it feels like I’m starting from scratch again. Kind of like when I started running 3 miles to work back in 2010. To be perfectly honest, the day I started running to work was because my bicycle tires were flat, and I did not feel like changing them. I’m still struggling through my daily 5.5 – 6 mi runs because I have to take quite a few walking breaks. I guess this means that I’m in the rebuilding phase of my running life.
That said, I am still aiming to run/jog/walk 5.5 miles a day for my NYC Runs 2021 challenge and to run a “fake” half marathon every month.
When it rains, it pours. This past Saturday, I attempted an 8-mile “long” run in Central Park. About 2 miles into the run, the outer portion of my right calf began to sting. I decided to do 0.5 – 0.75 miles intervals and walk it off for about 0.25 miles. With this cycle, I ran about 5 miles with relatively little to no issues. Here’s the kicker, since the following day, I have been experiencing some (a lot) of knee pain when adjusting my left knee from a 90 degree angle to a 180 degree angle. One day pain in the right leg; the next day pain in the left leg. I can’t win for losing. 😦
That thing I said about yoga. Yeah, I take it back (***):
A few posts ago, I mentioned that I was not really getting much out of my 3 Week Yoga Retreat with Vytas
So yea, I spoke too soon because week 2, Expansion, was no joke. During one workout, I was actually sweating. Although I still kind of suck yoga, I have been noticing some subtle improvements in posture. Well, my posture has not changed per se, but I’m becoming more aware about self correcting when I am slouching. Actually, I did not realize how much I normally slouch throughout the day. I have been doing it so long that slouching feels normal and standing tall and strong feels weird. Random fact: I have an extra vertebra in the lumbar region of my back.
From the crown of my head to the bottom of my feet:
Ok, I’ll be honest and say that I have some crusty feet . . . especially my right foot. During the Christmas holiday, I made the mistake of watching The Toe Bro (link: ***), which is a reality show where the Toe Bro helps folks with their podiatry issues. I cannot remember if I was watching on Hulu or Netflix. Well, the program pretty much shows Dr. Toe Bro removing deep ingrown toe nails and shaving down over callused feet. Since I do NOT want my feet to be featured on that show, I scheduled some time every Sunday for soaking and scraping my crusty feet. Additionally, I have been applying Gold Bond Triple Action Foot Cream daily in the morning and in the evening.
Speaking of feet. For the past few years, I have been dealing with a soft corn that is in between my fourth and fifth toes on my right foot. In November, I visited a new podiatrist to have the soft corn debrided. He recommended that I hold off on surgery, which would involve shaving a portion of bone from my fourth and fifth toes, if the pain from the soft corn does affect everyday life.
Well, I looks like it might be time for another appointment even with wearing loose socks, my already wide tennis shoes, and the corn pads between my two toes, I still have some pinching pain in my toes. Also there has been a slight pain along the outer side of my foot. Weird thing, I do not really notice the pain while running . . . perhaps, this means that I should run more 😉 Oh yeah, I gotta ask him if there is any other type of maintenance to prevent the soft corn from thickening in between debridements.