I’m not going to try to sound like a downer in this post but I have had one very long, rough, stressful, and exhausting day. I worked all 3 of my part-time jobs within 10 hours. I went from one job to the next. On top of that, I did not get up early enough to work out. However, I still stuck to my diet.
As the day went on, I started to develop a small limp. My legs are sore from working out and my new Vibram FiveFingers shoes. Now I know why it is recommended to start slow because it takes a lot of getting used to. I didn’t read over these tips before I started using the shoes…
Some transitioning tips:
- Run no more than 10% of your typical running distance for the first 2–3 weeks
- After 2–3 weeks, gradually increase mileage by 10%–20% every couple of weeks
- If you ever start to feel pain during a run, stop! You can always try again in a couple of days
- Never run 2 days in a row for the first month
- Stretch before and after each run, focusing on calves and feet, because Vibram FiveFingers running will stimulate these muscles
- If, after several weeks of training, you are consistently very sore, you need to rest and back-off on your mileage
I thought since I’m always barefoot or in socks at home, I would be able to transition easier and faster. I thought wrong and I’m a little stubborn. So now I have really bad shin splints. I read more tips that I found on a website dedicated for avid users Vibram FiveFingers at http://birthdayshoes.com. They feel amazing when I am working out but I’m going to follow all of the tips and take it easy for the next week or so.
By the time I got home from work, I was mentally and physically exhausted. I was planning on working out for a little bit as soon as I got home but a friend of mine said I need to take a day off to let my muscles heal. Even if I did work out, I would be too sore to do anything tonight. MyFitnessPal keeps track not only of my food, but also my exercise. I looked back to see when the last time I took a day off from working out and that was on Friday, January 14th…2 weeks ago. I took it easy on a couple of days in between but I still did some type of exercise.
I mentioned in yesterday’s blog that I’m not pushing myself to hard so I take that back now. I should’ve known better that I should take a rest day here and there since I was an athlete. This is a learning experience for me and I’m going to learn from whatever mistakes I make along the way…in my weight loss journey and in life.
Today was just a small bump in the road and I’m going to stay positive and shake it off. I know I’ll feel better in the morning. I plan on working out before I work and of course, I’m going to take it slow with my new shoes.
Goal = 1400
Exercise = 0 (Rest Day)
Net = 1206
Remaining = 194
Day 26 down, 339 days to go
21 pounds lost since 1/3/2011