I have now come to the conclusion that teaching my body to run extreme distances is going to hurt. The benefit I am feeling from the exercise and the peace of mind I get form the mental dedication to the task out-weighs the physical sacrifice. Here are the areas of moderate pain I have discovered from running that I should have thought about but did not know when I started:
- Blisters on my big toes- They are large and can be painful. I have to use athletic tape when I run. This may be a function of running in Vibrams and using a barefoot running technique.
- Calf pain- This was severe in my first few weeks as I taught my body to run barefoot and not to heel strike. The pain is little to nothing at this point, but I am only pushing 4 miles a run.
- Sore nipples – This is new. Again- something I should have considered seeing as I have a shirt rubbing my chest for the better part of an hour at a time. I am not sure how to combat this outside of buying pasties with cool tassels.
So far this is as bad as it has gotten. I have what feels like a high-ankle sprain as well. Not painful, but there is discomfort. I am going to take a day off and do some core work tonight and then hit the road again tomorrow. I am using http://runkeeper.com on my iPhone to track my runs. It is not perfect, but uses GPS and gives me a fairly accurate idea of how long and far I am running. So far I am making progress and that is what counts. The goal this week is to hit at least one more 4 mile runs and then push for a 6 mile run over the weekend. I will post my schedule of training soon.
I am looking at running a marathon in the first part of 2012 and my brother and I are pushing for the Tough Mudder in January. http://toughmudder.com/events/
Obligatory Picture of Me
Taking Life Apart- What Does That Mean?I have decided to talk more about what I want and not just what I do at work. I have had a fascination since I was a child with understanding how things work. I would and still do- dismantle things to see how they work. I believe I have begun to do this with my life experience in my writing. So- here is my attempt at explaining the world I have been tearing apart in order to live my life.