Boot camp and beyond

The bruise near my instep this morning
31 August 2006 (Thursday), 8:39 am
Filed under: Injury, Photos

The bruise near my instep this morning

Originally uploaded by steena.
I’ve just finished icing it. It was uglier last night: Continue reading


Boot camp: Day 3
30 August 2006 (Wednesday), 8:50 am
Filed under: Boot camp log, Food, Injury

This morning went fairly well. I did step ups on the bleachers instead of running around the track to warm up, and discovered I couldn’t hold a plank or tripod position for very long so did those from my knees. I’m glad I didn’t have to quit; quitting sucks. There were even a few moments as we were doing horizontal arm circles for two minutes (which came right after two minutes of vertical arm circles) where I liked, if not loved, the burning sensation in my biceps. But then T’ai’s ghetto blaster died and it was suddenly harder, without the music, to maintain that cheeriness about building strength.

I’m icing my foot right now, having just finished off a delicious breakfast of oatmeal with cinnamon, a half scoop of chocolate-flavoured whey powder, a handful of frozen berries from Costco and 2 teaspoons of Udo’s oil. Inspired by last night’s talk I’ve started a food journal, in hopes it helps me eat 5 meals daily and get enough water and a good balance of better protein, carbs and fats.

The bruising on my foot is disgusting and it’s more swollen today — I may post a picture later but it’s gross. The good thing is I can walk slooooowly without the cane and without much pain. I’m taking the bus to work instead of walking, though.

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Arms and shoulders: less sore than my right foot
29 August 2006 (Tuesday), 9:15 pm
Filed under: Climbing, Injury

Push ups in the morning followed by climbing (three 5.7 routes and three 5.8 routes — lately I’ve been doing a few 5.9s, but was too tired today) yesterday evening resulted in a little upper-body soreness today; my fatigue-induced clutziness resulted in far more pain in my foot. I sent the following email to my friend Tim this afternoon. He had an MRI done on his foot last year when it went all kerflooey, so I figured he’d be sympathetic. Continue reading

Nothing to see here, move along.
28 August 2006 (Monday), 3:58 pm
Filed under: About this site

Claiming my Technorati Profile.

Boot camp: Day 1
28 August 2006 (Monday), 3:26 pm
Filed under: About this site, Boot camp log, Tracking progress

Hi, I’m Christina. This is my fourth adventure boot camp, though they haven’t been consecutive. I’m committed to learning to love the burn, so that I can keep up a high level of activity after boot camp’s over.

That was my spiel this morning — the trainer T’ai gets people to introduce themselves on the first day by giving their name, which boot camp it is for them, and what they’re committed to for the next four weeks. One woman said that getting up to be at the field at 5:30 each morning, every weekday for four weeks, was a big enough commitment for her. More, like me, are looking to use it to establish a routine.

After introductions we ran around the track twice (1/4 mile per lap) to warm up, then up and along the length of the bleachers. Then to the start line for a timed mile run. I took a preventative couple of puffs from my inhaler beforehand, but still had to pause near the end of the second lap to cough up a lung (figuratively) and puke a little (literally). Stupid asthma. Stupid phlegm.

There were Canada geese on the grass near the eastern edge of the track. As we splashed through their shallow puddles on the first lap of the timed mile, I was convinced they were thinking “Was ist das?!” at the pack of twenty or thirty women jogging past. I’m not sure why German’s the native language of the Canada goose, but it is. My little upchuck episode meant I dropped back a bit from the group running at my pace, so I was alone going past the geese on the third lap. One of them hissed at me.

I crossed the finish line at 9 minutes 23 seconds, which I thought was 7 seconds faster than my timed mile on August 11, the final day of the last boot camp. Checking my records, though, I ran it in 9:23 then too. At least I didn’t get slower! I’d like to break 9 minutes at the end of this camp.

After the aerobic test (running) came the strength test (push ups). I did backslide on this: I did 30 regular push ups 2 weeks ago, but today could only crank out 23 before I’d reached muscular exhaustion. I’m climbing at Cliffhanger after work tonight — my arms and shoulders are likely to hurt tomorrow.

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