For the first time in months, I tried running again. I spent 30 minutes on the treadmill. For every three minutes I walked, I ran for one minute. Might not seem like much, but it felt like plenty. (Remember that time I ran for five minutes straight??? Yeah, the memory is fuzzy for me, too.) And now the bad news: my foot swelled immediately afterward. I forgot what it was like to have swollen feet, it had been so long. I put a lot of faith in my custom shoe inserts, but I guess I can’t underestimate the jarring circumstances that come with running. I’m kind of at a loss as to what to do now. I want to keep trying, but I don’t know if I want it to be at the expense of my physical health. Funny how the very thing that keeps me healthy is also the very thing that keeps me injured. Argh!!!
Maybe I’ll keep up with the 1-minute jogging increments until spring and then give the Couch to 5K a go. Perhaps my foot just needs an adjustment period to get used to the movement of running? Who knows. Any advice or cautionary tales from you runners out there? Am I doomed or is this a normal occurrence for new runners?
As a teaser to my weigh-in tomorrow, I’ve been up 2 pounds all week. What gives? I’ve been on-point (save for the Superbowl party) and got plenty of exercise this week. Bodies are so weird sometimes, yes?