Making a conscious effort to increase my activity level isn’t easy. At my size, it doesn’t feel good to move fast. Things are moving in uncomfortable ways- mainly the areas on me that need to be smaller. But I’m doing it. The dog isn’t much of a jogger- he’s not used to staying in motion that long, so we will learn together. I started with 20 minutes-plus today- I didn’t really keep track of the time. Went down the street and back, then down the other street to the football field and ran the bleachers about 10 times- which isn’t really a big deal, it’s a small school with small bleachers- then back down that street and up to the long end of my street and back. Stopped and caught my breath and drank water a few times, but I did it.
I’m nervous about running because in 2001, the surgeon that fixed my varicose veins told me not to. I’m thinking that before I do much more, I need to go get checked and actually get cleared to train for the Warrior Dash. I can do the elliptical all I need to, and walking the stairs doesn’t cause me any leg pain, but I need to be smart and safe about it. I’m working with a very low level of impact until then.
I was afraid my feet would hurt- when I tell you I was jogging, it was the slowest jog you can do above a fast walk. I’m wearing my new shoes that are INSANELY COMFORTABLE when just walking around, but they’re running shoes, and I needed to make that first effort. My feet don’t hurt at all, nor my legs. Onward and upward.