Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Silly me

Silly me, I've bumped my left foot against a doorpost at home. It was just before I was going out for an easy run. I ignored it and started with my warm-up routine as usual. A few minutes into running I had to stop because of the pain. Inspecting my toe after limping back home it had already turned blue and black. For a bit I was worried that it was broken, so i went to see a doctor two days later but it turned out to be a bad bruise and he gave me some tape to reduce the swelling. Five days after the incident I was out and running again. Still a little colored but the pain was almost gone. I realized that this intensive running program made me more tired than usual thus lowered my awareness. I have to take more time to do things so not to injure myself again... I thought.

Yesterday morning however, being in a hurry to leave for work in the morning I kicked the leg of the new home-trainer which I had bought the week before. I cursed myself for being so stupid to hurt myself again. I quickly checked my toes and determined that it was the same toe. Having no time for icing I put the leftover tape on my toe and left for work. Coming home in the afternoon I took off my socks to inspect my toes to find out that it was another toe which had turned black-purple. Stubborn me, I got ready for a sic kilometer run and was actually very fast. Although it was very painful I managed to run 5 minutes flat for 6KM. But upon arriving home I was unable to walk... Today I'll do a long workout on my home-trainer to speed-up recovery time and keep stamina.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Keeping up with the plan

Last week I started with Hal Higdon's 8-week training program. The first week was about 30KM with one tempo run, one long run, one cross-training day and one day off. So far no serious pain. Feeling tired but that will hopefully wear-off after I get used to this training program. I realize and feel that my body needs healthy food and rest to keep up and keep going. I have brown rice, vegetables and some fruit during the week. Maybe I need some more fruit, but this year it is so expensive.
Also, last week I have purchased a Home-Trainer Bike to use for cross-training. It really uses other muscles than when running but it delivers a good sweat on the forehead. And in winter when the weather gets too crazy to go out it will be useful to maintain stamina. I haven't used a bicycle here in Japan for some years now, so it was rather painful to peddle for just 20 minutes. My cross-training program says I should peddle for about an hour but then I'll turn into a triathlon athlete instead, so I'll try to go for 4o minutes next time.