Saturday, May 25, 2013

Pain, Pain Everywhere

I wound up skipping my run yesterday because everything hurt.  I had cramps, there was a dull ache in my lower back, and there was a slight twinge in one of my knees. The first two are definitely shark week related.  The knee is most likely because it's time for new running shoes.  I'm going to ask the gurus at the local running store before I actually buy new ones, but anecdotally I think I'm right.  I first started the couch to 5k program last October, but had to stop a few weeks before Thanksgiving because I started having this horrible pain just below my left kneecap.  I didn't think it was important to get fitted for good shoes when I first started out and the resulting injury put me out of commission until after Thanksgiving.  The twinge in my knee felt sort of like my knee felt in the early stages of that injury from when I was running in the wrong shoes for my foot strike. Running in worn down good shoes is almost as bad as running in the wrong shoes for you, so I want to make sure I get new ones before half marathon training starts in earnest.

Today, I went for an easy hike.  It would have been perfect except that I had to pee the entire time. Normally I take a route that leads me past several port-o-potties, but I wandered down a different path today and never saw any.  It was still pretty out, though.

In the course of my wanderings I went down an unpaved path for a ways and found a trail that looped around and connected to one of my favorite routes.  It wound up being a shorter hike than I usually go for, but I was still happy with my Fitbit stats.

I was aiming for 20,000 steps, but I suppose 15,242 will have to do.  I walked 6.26 miles and climbed the equivalent of 50 floors.  Not bad!

I was craving a salad when I got back to the car which is weird because normally I don't eat salad. Raw vegetables tend to make my stomach hurt, so I typically avoid them like the plague.  I usually do okay with spinach, though, so I used baby spinach as the base for what turned out to be a yummy salad.

I topped it with diced onion, turkey breast, mandarin oranges, sliced almond, and some Trader Joe's Asian Style Spicy Peanut Vinaigrette.  I enjoyed it.  I'll be spending the rest of my afternoon watching a show called Copper on Netflix.  If I get tired of that I may watch Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows for the second time this week.  There are so many amazing moments in the last movie that I may never get tired of it.   

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