Wednesday, June 30, 2010

21 Weeks Out (a Little Late)

My family took a trip last week and I didn't get around to doing my weekly Friday post about how things are going in the 3-day training and fund raising arena.  So, better late than never, here it is.

Training: I've been swimming, and had an almost pain free week last week.  I'm hoping this means that I will soon be back out on the road, walking again.  We'll see how that goes.  I'm planning to do another trial walk in the next couple days to see where my foot stands, so to speak.  I'm amazed that we are only just shy of 20 weeks out.

Since I'm just not in a very loquacious mood, I'm going to point you to some fabulous writing by one of the 3-day Ambassadors.  This is his take on what the 3-day is and I couldn't agree more with him.  I feel blessed to be a part of this amazing community of people who are working to bring positive change to the world.

What is the 3-Day? Jay Furr's Explanation


Friday, June 18, 2010

22 Weeks Out

This has been a good week.  With the blessing of my physical therapist, I did a short walk, and there was pain, but not too bad at all.  Physical Therapy continues to improve my foot and I'm hoping that I might not be too far off from being pain free.  I just don't know.  I also officially joined our local gym and started working out in the pool.  Did an entire hour of swimming laps on Thursday and another half hour today.  It felt good and I could have gone longer both times. 

It's hard to read about the miles I should be logging walking when I get my training email every Friday.  I WANT to be out there with the rest of you, but I know this is the path I must take.  Patience, patience and more patience.  No sense getting back out there before I'm ready and ending up taking steps backwards.  Moving forward, however slowly, is my goal.

Training: 30 minutes of swimming

Training: 1 hour of swimming

Training: 0.9 miles in 13 minutes
Total miles to date: 226.4

Friday, June 11, 2010

23 Weeks Out

Another week gone by where I am sidelined.  Physical Therapy is going well and my pain is going down.  The good news for this week is that I have been given a green light to go ahead and try a short training walk.  I'm going to stay super close to home so if I start feeling the foot that I can easily come back.  I'll also make sure I stretch really well beforehand and afterwards.  We'll see how it goes.

Yesterday I went to my son's end of year picnic and helped keep tabs on over 60 1st graders.  My foot hurt a bit by the end of it, but by this morning I was feeling almost no pain.  That is a huge improvement.  Things are not going as quickly as I'd like, but I'm doing my best to be patient and not rush things.  The best thing is that they do seem to be improving.

I signed up for my 14 day free trial at the gym almost two weeks ago.  I have only been able to get one swim in so far due to a cold that has had me not very functional.  Once I am well, I'll sign up for a regular membership or maybe just sign up for lap swim at the community pool which will be open for summer starting in about a week.  I haven't decided yet.

All in all not too much to report.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

24 Weeks Out

I got a very special email yesterday.  It's the first email for the official 24 week training schedule that tells each participant how many miles they should aim to walk this upcoming week.  In 24 weeks, the San Diego event will be here and thousands of us will be walking for this awesome cause.

I have to admit that I'm struggling with my frustration at not being able to train at the moment.  I'm trying to focus my energy into my physical therapy instead.  It's definitely helping.  My pain level is already greatly decreased.  This week my gym workouts have been on hold as I've had a pretty bad cold on top of everything, but I'm trying hard not to let it get me down.  As a few folks have pointed out to me, with the walking I've done since January, I'm already a bit ahead on the training anyway, so hopefully, by the time I get back into it, it won't take me long to catch up to where I need to be.

This is an incredible test of my ability to just let things be what they are and to go with that rather than trying to change it or fight it.  I just keep telling myself that it is OK for me to do what I can and not to worry if that means that I don't quite make all 60 miles.  This is not easy for me, but I knew that this journey was not going to be easy.  I just didn't realize that some of the "not easy part" was going to have more to do with my feelings about things than it did with walking or fund raising.

So that's where I am right now.  On Monday, many others will be starting their first official week of training.  I will be continuing my journey and eventually hope to join them again.  Thank you to all of you who have shared your stories -- they have been encouraging and incredibly helpful.  I truly could not do this without all of you.