Sunday, August 29, 2010

12 Weeks Out

I'm still not able to walk distances without pain.  I have an appointment to see a new doctor, and am hoping to get a referral to a podiatrist so we can try to see if a custom orthotic will help matters.  I'll report more once I've seen her.  (If you want to remind yourself why I'm switching docs, see my previous post about it here.)

Andy, Margie & Joanne at the S.D. Preview Expo
I also managed to get down to the San Deigo Preview Expo in mid August.  That was a ton of fun.  I got to meet up with my old High School buddy, Andrea, who walked last year and was instrumental in getting me to sign up this year.  My team-mate, a girlfriend I know from my dancing days, Joanne, also managed to make it down.  There were plenty of people to answer questions we had, awesome exhibits, and some very useful workshops.  I left feeling pretty positive and re-energized about the walk.

I still struggle with finding my enthusiasm while I'm not walking.  I am, of course, continuing to work out in the pool and on the stationary bike.  I'm hoping that getting in to see the new doctor will help me to get back out on the road, and even if I don't quite catch up on the training schedule, I'll be able to reignite my enthusiasm and passion.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

15 Weeks Out

Wow, this walk just gets closer and closer.  I'm still having issues with my foot and have not been walking.  I have been working out at the gym in the pool and am actually enjoying that.  I've had a rough week though.  The not walking and the foot pain has gotten me down.  I know what I need to do next, but I am worried that if that doesn't help me, that I may be stuck not walking much in November during the actual walk.  I cannot see what I can try after this next step, and that has me feeling a little boxed in, betrayed by my body and trapped.  I know that the important thing is the fundraising and raising awareness, but the fact of the matter is that as crazy as it may sound,  I truly WANT to walk 60-miles.

The super interesting thing is that I posted about this on my Facebook page, and got some great support from my friends and family.  One of the most touching posts was one my mom made.  For anyone who may not know, she is the main reason I am participating in the 3-day walk as an almost 9 year survivor of breast cancer.

"What you are experiencing is similar to feelings that breast cancer survivors have.  Life is going along and suddenly there is "something wrong" and the diagnosis.  Fear of the future and discouragement.  Then the treatment and pain and slow recovery.  As the person starts to get better, they do too much occasionally and suffer a setback.  There is always the fear of recurrence and frustration at the slowness of recovery.  Through determination, recovery comes along and they go on to live their lives, although perhaps in a different way. So, you will probably be able to do the walk, but keep the goal in mind.  Raising funds to help find a cure for cancer!  Even if you can't walk the whole way that doesn't negate the reason you are doing this, and the admiration we all have for you to even try.  Hang in there and it will get better.  I KNOW!"

So I will continue to work towards a foot that does not hurt and continue to raise funds and raise awareness.  I will do what I can when the walk gets here.  It will be what it is.  If my mom can battle cancer, this is the least I can do so other people don't have to face what she has gone through.

Training: 1 hour of water aerobics

Training: 40 laps in the pool and 1 hour of water aerobics

Training: 2.0 miles in 12 minutes on stationary bike
100 laps (2500 yards or 1.42 miles) in 1 hour in the pool

Sunday, August 1, 2010

16 Weeks Out

So I was hoping that I'd be able to start up normally with the 16 week training program and it's not looking like that is going to happen.  I did a 3.6 mile training walk yesterday and didn't have any pain during the walk.  However, later in the day, my heel started bothering me.  I iced and stretched and did everything I should.  This morning it felt better, so I decided to see if I could do a short walk.  I made just over two miles when it started hurting (and luckily I was near home) so I cut it short and headed home.  I'm going to probably spend a lot of time with ice on my foot today, and I may need to think about getting a custom orthotic.  I'm not thrilled about the cost, but if that's what it takes, then I'm willing to try it.

Time to go back to lots of swimming and bicycling for a bit.  I'm not a happy camper, but I'm trying to stay positive.  I don't want to make the injury flare up again, so here I am.  Wishing I had better news to share with you all, but this is what it is.

Training: 2.2 miles in 48 minutes
Total miles to date: 235.2 miles

Training: 3.6 miles in 1 hour 8 minutes
Total miles to date: 233 miles