Thursday, August 17, 2006

The Walk

Before I get started on today's post, I just wanted to say thanks for all of the support I've been getting in regard to my injury. It's been THANKS!!

Last night I went to group training and did some walking to test out my ankle. I am happy to report that I walked about 2 1/2 miles without any major pain or discomfort. I could feel a mild tightness toward the end, but it went away as soon as I stopped walking. Plus, my ankle felt fine last night and this morning. Yeah!

So, it looks like it might be ok for walking. The only thing that concerns me now is how I'll do on an incline since the first 2.5 miles of the bridge are up hill. I'm going to get on my treadmill and try some walking at an incline to see how my ankle handles it.

For the training session, we went to a new park that I had never been to and it was awesome. It had a mile long paved loop that we used. There were a lot of people out running, walking, riding, etc. I normally run by myself around home, so I rarely have other people to interact with or inspire me. So, it was great seeing everyone out there getting some exercise. There was a girl out roller blading and it made me think that maybe that is something I could do that wouldn't hurt my ankle. So, I'm thinking about blowing the dust off my rollerblades and taking them out for a spin here soon.

The park was about 30 minutes from my house, so not very practical for me to be using all the time. It's hard enough to fit in the training sessions without adding an hour drive on. But it did get me thinking that I should be seeking out some new places near home now that I have all this down time that I'm not using for training. I know that there is a park about 15 minutes from my house that I keep intending to check out, but haven't. I have heard that there are a lot of trails there but not a lot of paved paths, but I've never gone out to see for sure. So that is in the plan, as well.

I'm off to get my hair cut in a few hours, and I am thinking about chopping it all off again. Someone stop me! Quick!!

I hate my hair. It's the one thing I'd change about myself if I could. So, I go back and forth between growing it out and chopping it off. When it is long, it's thin and stringy and ugly looking, but oh so easy to manage! A scrunchie, and I'm out the door. When it is short, it looks SO SO much better, but it is harder to do. Add gel, blow dry, flat iron, spray. Ugh! Not to mention that I have to run with 20 bobby pins holding all the layers off of my forehead because I can't stand when the sweat makes it stick to my skin. But on the other hand, when it is long it is always hanging in my face at work so my hair style consists of it tucked behind my ears.

When I cut it back in February, I loved the look of it and it was great at work, but I swore I was never cutting it again because of not being able to pull it back for running. Now, that I'm not running I'm getting the itch to go shorter again. But I'm afraid that I will regret it if I do and it'll take another 6 months to grow it back out. Maybe I should just shave my head. Of course, then I'd be complaining I was cold in the winter. Guess I just can't win!


  1. Hang in there. Things with the ankle will get better.

  2. Glad the walking went well.

    I am always trying to find new places to run. I get bored with the same old thing but like you don't want to add too much "travel time" into my workouts.

  3. So glad the walking went well!

    And, excited to see your new haircut. I chopped mine a few years ago and haven't gone back yet. It's so addicting.

  4. Blading:) Now that's a good fun workout! Hope your ankle gets better:)


  5. i am the poster child for short hair. i will rally for it til i die. GO SHORT! GO FOR STYLE!

    mine is really short, so when i run i either bandana it or goody makes sport headbands THAT keep my very thick hair in place and it DOES not slip off ever because of rubber grippies along the band. and they are comfortable to boot.

    my visor also does a good job of keeping my hair off my face.

  6. totally hang in there. the ankle will take care of itself.

    keep up the great work.

    i had a Pedro moment in the heat a few weeks ago and had my head nearly shaved. i totally get the hair thing.

    btw, i did the bridge walk many, many moons ago. It is a phen, phenom, ummm... awesome experience. Darn you, no spell check comment board!!!!

  7. congrats on the walk. I hope the incline went well. If it is feeling weak maybe a brace would help as well.
    by the way I have the exact same hair problems - I found these headbands though - they work well and I've got to ditch my pins!

  8. Take it slow. Walking is great for you as well. Just focus on healing and don't push yourself. You don't want to re-injure.

  9. Glad to hear your are on the mend.

    I totally know what you mean about hair. I'm constantly ( much as you can) going from long to short. I wish we were like those dolls where we could just cut short, then pull out more hair and have it long again.


  10. Hooray! Glad you're doing better. I hear you on the hair...I love mine short, but I hate the way it feels on my neck when I get sweaty!