Plays Well With Others

Marathon Man…

Last week, a couple coworkers decided to take a jog around the block, and asked if I wanted to join them. I was hesitant since I haven’t really jogged in a LONG time. Jogging just has never been my thing. One of the coworkers said they’d be going really slow, so it shouldn’t be a problem and although I was still hesitant, I agreed to join them.

I made it clear that I haven’t jogged in a long time and that I was far from prepared for it. Even my shoes were all wrong for jogging in. White Vans with absolutely no shock absorbancy. Nothing. So we started out at the gym, where we changed and then warmed up a bit with some stretches.

As we headed out the door and began jogging, I could immediately feel every step going through my legs. The shock of the ground hitting my foot was just coming through me full force. Now, for me… around the block meant, more or less around the building block. They were talking about the block that crossed the freeway. Ugh. This meant crossing an overpass, a couple of freeway ramps, up hills and down hills. Jesus. So halfway through, I start feeling like my lungs are going to rupture. At this point, I’ve all but given up on actually jogging and am just happy not to collapse running. I’d actually walk for a few blocks and then jog for a bit and then walk and then jog. It’s the only way I’d make it back to work.

After about an hour, we made it back to work, where we cleaned up and headed back to our work areas. Within minutes I could feel pain in the arches of my feet. I tried to walk and just couldn’t. So at this point I was starting to think I’d injured myself in some way. I took some pain relieving medication and after a few hours the pain subsided. I’m sure it was the fact that my shoes weren’t made for jogging in.

I also couldn’t work out for the next three days. This weekend I bought some decent running shoes that I’ll use for treadmill work and see how that goes. The right kind of shoes should make all the difference. Also, running five miles your first time out is probably not a great idea.

Anyhow, I have some new shoes that I can actually feel some cushioning on. So, I’m feeling better about these. Now to work on my breathing, which I also don’t seem to have down yet. Ugh.

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5 Responses to 'Marathon Man…'

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    cam | 27 June 2005

    Heh, Katie’s giving a speech tonight about choosing the right running shoe. Y’all should talk. One of my biggest problems in the academy was shin splints. We all had them, though, so I wasn’t alone with my pain. We started out at 1.5 miles every other day, and were running 5 miles every other day by the end of the academy. I might be able to do 2 or 3 now without collapsing.

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    Greg | 27 June 2005

    Yeah, I was about ready to collapse. Not only were my legs tired, but even worse was the feeling that my lungs were going to collapse. From talking to people, they all seem to be in the same boat. Lotsa pain in the beginning… hopefully the right shoes will help a little.

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    Katie | 27 June 2005

    Actually last week I was working on my outline when Greg e-mailed me asking about running shoes. I hadn’t even mentioned the speech to him at that point. Scary. 🙂

    So, you went running in white VANS. Jesus. It’s miracle your foot just didn’t break in half while you were running. What kind of shoes did you end up getting? Actual RUNNING shoes?

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    Katie | 27 June 2005

    By the way, the title of the entry… you wish, Gregson. 😉

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    Greg | 27 June 2005

    Not scary, considering most of the time we’re on the same wavelength. Ugh. Now that’s scary. How many times have we said what the other person was JUST about to say.

    Anyhow, yeah, running in Vans. Ugh. All I know is that the arch of my foot killed. So this weekend I went to Sportsmart and picked up some running shoes. They had all these brands I’ve never even heard of. New Balance, Avia, as well as Nike and Reebok. I tried a coupe Reeboks and a Avia shoe and surprisingly, the Avia felt more comfortable and spongy, so I went with that one. A good starter shoe. I wasn’t about to pay $150 for the top of the liners.

    So today I hit the gym. A little bit of eliptical and some treadmill. I’ll try it every other day and see if I don’t kill myself or end up paralyzed. I guess if you can’t lose weight through exercise, the next best thing is a feeding tube. 🙂

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