Exciting heel update #4 (with bonus exercise update)

Okay, so here’s the thing: my left heel is still a bit sore but it strangely gets less sore when I walk or run on it for awhile. Eventually it starts getting sore again, but I haven’t tested the outer boundary of this yet. I’ve done a 10 km walk so far and had no issues.

So I really have no idea what happened or is happening. I suspect my doctor would not know, either. I’m not sure an x-ray or ultrasound would reveal anything, either. I suppose if I minimized my walking as much as possible that it would eventually heal (ho ho) to the point where it would not be sore at all, but realistically, that’s not going to happen.

Maybe one day it will just feel better as suddenly as that day it suddenly started to hurt.

Anyway, it’s dumb and I have decided I am not going to let it stop me from resuming running, because I’ve been running more as part of my post-work walks. And I’m going to start logging these walks as workouts, which they are, because I sweat and stuff.

What I have been doing for the last month or so is walking to the end of the Brunette River trail and back, a route that covers a little over 7 km. It takes just over an hour when walking.

Today I ran more than I have since starting these walks, including a stretch where I clocked in at a pace of 5:58/km–on the slow side for running, but basically impossibly fast for walking, unless I was five meters tall, maybe.

Here are the stats of my walk, which I will include going forward (also the heel feels no worse for having done this):

Walk 1
Average pace: 7:58/km
Location: Brunette River trail
Distance: 7.63 km
Time: 1:00:53
Weather: Sunny
Temp: 23ºC
Humidity: 50%
Wind: light
BPM: 128
Weight: 173.3 pounds
Total distance to date: 7.63 km
Devices: Apple Watch Series 5, iPhone 8

Walk this way (around Burnaby Lake)

I did one more Big Walk® around Burnaby Lake before my first tentative steps back into running next weekend.

The weather was sunny after several days of monsoon-like weather thanks to the Pineapple Express. I took advantage and found it to be mild, with little wind and most of the big puddles already having dried up along the trail. Even the cyclists and dogs off-leash didn’t bug me. It was a nice hint that spring is on the way after The Rains.

My favorite “rules are not for me!” moment came when crossing north on Roberts Street, near the rowing pavilion. As you approach the resumption of the trail on the other side of the road there is an especially giant sign that states DOGS MUST BE LEASHED AT ALL TIMES. I watched a woman stop and remove the leash from her dog in front of this sign. I don’t know if she was going for bonus irony points or what. At least the dog was well-behaved.

I used the iPod pedometer to track my pace and came in with the following stats:

2:23:53 duration
17.6 km distance
898 calories burned
18,746 steps taken

I was walking fast enough that any faster would have been a light jog. Things seem to have held together nicely both during and after the walk. Next weekend I’m heading to the resplendent gold and blue Mercer Stadium Track to do a simple calibration run fort the new iPod. It will probably be 2-4 laps or 800-1600 meters, enough to get the calibration and see if my Achilles tendon will weep in protest or behave itself. From there I will be doing a few short runs per week, starting with some 2Ks, moving up to 5Ks and finally back to my usual 10-11.5K runs. I don’t have a set schedule in mind, I’ll just ramp things up based on my stamina and pain/discomfort after each run. If all goes well I’m going to aim to beat last year’s mark by running 1,000K. Since I’ve already missed two months, I’l need to hit at least 100K each month going forward. If I stay healthy I can do it. If not, I can always lie lie lie.

I walked for 1060 calories today

While I am still not quite ready to return to running I decided to take advantage of the mild ‘n dry weather and do a simulated run around Burnaby Lake by walking the route. I estimated it would take around 3 hours and the pedometer on the iPod said it took 3:04 hours, so I trucked along much as I had anticipated. I even stretched the walk out a bit by taking the freeway trail (which I used for three weeks last summer when one of the boardwalks on the lake was being replaced). By the time I was heading back alongside the Brunette River I was getting tired and a little cranky.

The rounds on the elliptical  are helping but I’m clearly not in prime condition. Also I didn’t wear my spiffy new running shoes and instead wore my cheap-o ones that are designed for maximum discomfort. In all, not my best-planned effort but it’s always nice to eat ice cream guilt-free.

I managed to start the sequel to the head cold I had over Christmas last night and like many sequels, it sucks. It didn’t affect my walk but here in the evening I’m feeling tuckered and my throat is irritating me, even more than when I try to sing. I’ll probably head off to bed early and dream of the wonderfully creative things I may have done if I didn’t feel like poop.

In the meantime, here is a stock image of my new running shoes, the Minimus 1010s. They are much like my previous pair but are blue instead of glow-in-the-dark orange. I kind of miss the orange, actually. Reading reviews on the New Balance site, it sounds like I may be looking for another pair shortly after I resume my runs. That would be rather disappointing, as my last two pairs of New Balance shoes have been very durable.