My feet suck

April 6, 2009 at 3:04 am | Posted in 5K, life, Quit | 3 Comments
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I think I need to see a podiatrist. I am pretty sure I am developing Plantar fasciitis. I also have pain under the ball of the second toe of left foot along with shin pain in both legs.

I know the cause of most of my problems. I have flat feet. I do have custom orthotics but they hurt like hell. I bought some over the counter ones that were working really well until I put them in my new shoes. I think I over corrected because I looked at the bottom of my shoes and the slight wear so far looks like I am supinating.

Perhaps I should have done more research first. I probably should have bought neutral shoes to accommodate the orthotics or just wear the stability shoes I did buy without the orthotics. After all, the guy at the local running store fitted me with them without including the orthotics in the equation. I didn’t bring them with me.

All of my issues are compounded by the fact I am a new-again runner and overweight. The good news is that I have gone to 5 minute intervals and it doesn’t actually feel bad when I am running.

It just hurts like hell afterwards. It seems that all I do is ice, stretch and try to strengthen my lower legs and feet these days when I have time.

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Moving on

April 3, 2009 at 4:22 am | Posted in life, Quit | 5 Comments
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I have increasingly been realizing that I have reached a new stage of my quit. I am not posting here as much and it has been days since I have been to the quit support site. I am have been setting down those crutches and am starting to walk or even run on my own.

I think I need to find a new direction to take this blog in. While the rest of my life will always be lived “beyond the haze”, I don’t need to live the rest of my life in the throes of the quit. It is time to transition into the life that staying quit is making it possible to live.

Socks…now I have to care about socks?

March 22, 2009 at 3:40 am | Posted in 5K, life, Quit | 1 Comment
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The last time I ran wool was itchy and I used it for hiking as one part of 2 layers. Now apparently the wool has become smart and apparently not itchy. Go figure.

The sock choices are endless. There is Smartwool, injingi I think, Beluga or Belaga or Balega or well something and goodness knows what else. Socks even have arch support and provide compression.

The only constant I can find with real runners is that cotton is BAD. Hmmmm guess what I have been running in. yeah. So far I have suffered no ill effects but apparently I will be doomed if I continue.

Since the lowly sock has evolved from a mere foot covering that keeps a foot warm into a highly specialized specie, I am going to investigate my options in the morning. First though, I am going to take one more run in my lowly cotton socks before I assign them the status of endangered specie.

Next on my list to learn about for running is Body Glide which sounds like some sort of sexual lubricant to me.

Can’t catch me now!

March 18, 2009 at 2:30 am | Posted in 5K, Quit | Leave a comment
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I had my first running class tonight. We are training for a 5K. I RAN! I did it without coughing or gasping for air. Yeah…I am tired and a bit sore but in a good way.

I finally figured out what had been going on in my head. Someone on the quit site posted about having intense cravings more than two months in at the same time he was dealing with a personal situation. A few lightbulbs went off in my head. I realized that I was afraid at failing¬† another new thing… my class.

If I had given in and smoked, I would have been giving myself an excuse to fail at the running class. The closer the class came, the worse the cravings were. Once I figured it out, the cravings got better. I am happy to say that since I got though the first class that they are pretty much gone!

I can train for the 5K. If I have stayed smoke free this long which is something I didn’t believe in the past that I could do then I know I can be successful at this.

Angry

March 16, 2009 at 4:02 am | Posted in Quit | 1 Comment
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I am just an angry pain in the ass. I am not sure why. I guess it has something to do with the 5 stages of grief or some sort of psychological crap.

I got through all of the stress I have recently been through just fine. Now that things are relatively calm again, I just want to smoke. It is like being a newborn vampire. My lozenges are keeping me vegetarian.

I think I skipped a few stages of my quit because of all stress that we have been dealing with and got a bit over confident. It helps to know that Dave was in the same place a few days ago and he got through it. Right now, it just sucks.

I can walk(and breathe)!

March 4, 2009 at 4:06 am | Posted in Quit, Special Moments | Leave a comment
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I had to do some things at the preschool today. When I was done, there was no point in going home just to turn around and come back. I decided to spend the time taking a walk on a path by a stream. I was excited at first that there actually was running water which means it is slowly warming up. Then, as I hiked uphill back to the car, I became excited that I wasn’t breathing like a fish that jumped out of the tank. I might still be out of shape but I can really breathe and walk again! Good thing because I am signed up for a class that starts in 3 weeks that will help me train for a 5k.

Of course, I took pictures all along the way and posted the rest on my photo blog.

I’m Gonna Be

March 1, 2009 at 5:49 am | Posted in Quit | 3 Comments
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This is Dave’s and my song. We walk all of our miles together, to each other and back again. We are still smoke free because of the strength of that bond.

Poor kid

February 28, 2009 at 4:14 am | Posted in Quit | 4 Comments
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I am so glad we don’t smoke anymore and for the record, we never smoked inside the house, in our cars or around our kids. This week my youngest had a cold develop into a severe cough and fever. It wasn’t pneumonia though when they first looked at the chest x-ray, they thought it was. The radiologist eventually ruled it out.

She has been through two different antibiotics and now has a nebulizer. She is finally bouncing back and has been fever free for 24 hours now. It is a relief. I am also happy that there is no way that either my husband or myself could have contributed to this at all. Even though we never smoked around her, I imagine the scents on us could be as irritating as a strong perfume is for me.

Did I say that I wasn’t thinking about smoking?

February 25, 2009 at 4:22 am | Posted in Quit | 2 Comments
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I noticed tonight that when I am really tired, I have many more cravings. What was I doing, using the cold and smokes to keep me awake? Perhaps I should just learn to go to sleep like a normal person.

Busy

February 24, 2009 at 4:57 am | Posted in Quit | 3 Comments
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We were on the go today. Laura had a cold last week and during the weekend it it morphed into more. She has been running 101 degree fevers since Friday night, coughing and just plain gunky. So I took her in this morning after getting Rai on the bus and dropping Mira off at school. Laura may or may not have pneumonia again. Her CBC was fine but I guess there was something on the x-ray. She was precribed amoxicillan pending the radiologist’s reading.

We then rushed to my therapy appointment, then to Target to get her script filled and quick lunch, off the the post office and finally took a break at a book store. We spent a few minutes at home and had to go get Mira. We rushed home to beat Rai’s bus and finally were done for the day. Well sorta…we still had the rest of the evening routine but at least that was normal.

What is amazing about the day is how little I thought about smoking. I am reaching the point where I have been not smoking just long enough to go through a crazy day withough thinking about when I would have had a cigarette. I only realized it later when I thought about the day.

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