So now that we've established that many of us equate fitness with ability to run, here's my next question: When will I learn to not be stupid?
I seem to have two modes for exercise: slow and hyperdrive. Once I hit hyperdrive, I have a hard time slowing down. Even when I should.
Last Friday night I did a 90 minute walk on the treadmill. Not the first time I've done this and it felt fine at the time. I don't know if it's the fact that I was wearing different sneakers or if I went a little overboard with the speed and incline changes, but I woke up Saturday morning with some very tender tootsies.
A smart person might have decided to take a rest day. I decided to "take it easy" by trying out Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred. Hey! It's only 20 minutes.
Right. Then Sunday I hopped back on the treadmill. I tried running, but after a couple of short intervals I realized that was a bad idea.
A smart person might then have gotten off the treadmill. Not this chick. I kept walking.
I did sorta take Monday off. I did some yard work instead of a formal workout. Tuesday I did the Shred thing again, followed by a short yoga routine.
Finally yesterday I gave in. It's not that I'm in pain, but my left foot just feels wrong. It feels sorta like all the bones in the front of my foot have been mashed down out of place; that's the best way I can describe it. It's uncomfortable and it kinda freaks me out.
I did completely take yesterday off from exercise. Today I did a Pilates mat workout because I figured that should not put any further stress on my foot. I hope my foot gets back to normal soon; I like Pilates but if I'm doing it every single day I'll probably get tired of it before too long.
I can't be the only one who does stuff like this. Anyone else not know when to quit?