Saturday, April 7, 2012

Only Athletes Get Sports Injuries

First off, let me assure you...I'll be fine.  Really.  Thank you for all of your forthcoming sympathy.

I got my toes right up in the camera, so you can see my injury for yourself.
The week started out well with a 5k virtual race against Neighbor Ted.   I finished in 40:48, which is pretty slow, but I was glad to get back after a two-week hiatus.   Then, I did a 3.5 mile run on Tuesday and a short 1.3 mile walk with my boys on Wednesday.   I was on a roll.

Except my foot started to itch.   By Thursday night, I saw that I had a blister on top of my toe.  Weird, but my running shoes are too wide, so I always wear two pairs of socks and I had been increasing my mileage.  I googled blisters and decided to do my own surgery.

By morning, my foot was swollen, hot and really angry at me.  My wife teased me in front of the kids saying that I had a "foot pimple".  Very funny.

This was a blister, due to my increased mileage.

The swelling and redness continued, so I went to the doctor.  He quickly diagnosed it as foliculitis.

"What's that?" I asked.

"It's basically a pimple on your foot...some ingrown hair caused an infection," he replied.


Mrs. Clyde was right again.

Foot pimple.   Hairy toes.  Sweaty feet.   The jokes swirl around my household.

But I am still going to call it a sports injury because I'm sure not going to call it a "foot pimple".

Antibiotics for 10 days!   I forgot to ask if I can run on it and after a day of meds, the swelling is going down.  I think I'll do my longer Sunday run regardless and see how it goes.

...because athletes can only sit on the bench for so long.

By the way, I lost 1 pound this week.  Still not close to the performance of Big Clyde in 2010, but I will get him.   I know that he stumbled at times too.

Have a good week everyone.

Big Clyde

A note to my children:   I fixed the misspelled word and I deleted the comma that seemed to be bothering you.  I also want to take a moment to apologize for "grossing you out" by writing about a foot problem on my blog.  You have made it very clear that "feet" are gross.  Please note that I didn't actually take a picture of my own foot...that should have eased your trauma a little bit.

You know how to avoid feet problems?  Spend A LOT of time on the couch.  When you must walk, stay indoors and walk on the carpet.   And DEFINITELY, avoid as little exercise as possible.  

Then again...that kind of lifestyle can lead to other "problems" in your health down the road.



Monday, April 2, 2012

Weekly Weigh-In and the Neighborhood 5K Race!

As for the weigh-in, loss and no gain.   My fault.   For various reasons, I continued to eat whatever and not exercise.   A foolish mistake, given my larger goal of getting to a specific lower weight by June 16th.

I am in a friendly competition with my ex-Neighbor Ted, who has similar goals and challenges.   We both have a running schedule we are to be following (but aren't) and our own meal plans (that we have somehow misplaced).

Nonetheless, we built a Neighborhood 5K into our training calendar to see how we would be doing on our training, to suffer for our discretions and to shame the other with our lightning speed.

But Neighbor Ted won this 5K.   He completed it in 38:45 and I was two minutes longer at 40:48.  Good for him, but I am also pleased with my time.  Given that I hadn't run in two weeks and I maintained my recent 13:05 pace, I am fine with it.   I know that continued mileage will increase my pace.

My next two races are another Neighborhood Race - a 10K against Neighbor Ted on 4/28 and a Cinco de Mayo 10K.   Two 10K races, back-to-back.   I am not going for speed really...I am just using these races as motivators to get back out there again.   If I get back on my weight loss schedule, I should be about 12 pounds lighter in a month, which will make the runs easier.

Have a good week everyone.

Big Clyde