Archive for November, 2010

The Big 200 Mile Mark

November 22, 2010 Leave a comment

Well, after two weeks of not exercising, I am back on it. I did do my strength training the first week I was off, but I took last week off from everything. Sunday I decided to get on the elliptical, as I did not feel any pain in my foot on Saturday. Everything went well, and I went .6 mile. The only real issue I had was the folded towel kept slipping around underneath my foot. So I decided to not use it today.

Like I said, yesterday I went .6 mile, and here is the picture for that day from the virtual walk site.


Copyright 2006 Lawrence Berkeley Lab

And today, I did one full mile. Actually I can’t say I did a mile, as I don’t know exactly how far I went. The display screen on the elliptical decided to restart about seven times at least in the first 20 minutes. I was using my egg timer as a backup like I usually do, and I’m glad I did. I told myself that I was going to do 1 mile or 35 minutes, whichever came first. And since the screen decided to reset in the first 2 minutes, the decision was made. It was annoying to keep having to stop so I can turn the fan back on, and after the seventh time I decided to just go without a fan. About 2 minutes later, I had to turn it on again.

I did get a little tired the last ten minutes of my workout, but I think that was because I kept stopping and starting to turn the fan on. I can’t turn the fan on as I’m using the elliptical. It works the muscles in my thighs to start and stop the pedals, so they got an extra workout. Needless to say, I obviously need to replace the batteries again. It seemed like I just changed them three weeks ago, and I was off for two. I should buy stock in Duracell. I go through a ton of D cell batteries.

I am back to wearing my tennis shoes also, and my next issue I foresee is blisters. Yippee. With the Vibram Five Fingers, the calluses I had developed got softer and ended up falling off (just on my right foot, not the left, weird). So now that I’m back to the tennis shoes, those calluses are going to need to build up. So, my right foot on the inside of the foot up by my big toe is sore. I’ll need to buy stock in Band-Aid also, as I’ll be the Band-Aid Queen for a while.

But, all in all, my elliptical workout went very well. I needed to get back on it in a big way, as my balance was starting to go bye bye. Saturday my husband and I went to see Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part One, and my balance and walking were really bad. It wasn’t pretty. Not sure what the deal was, but I think part of it was my back was out of alignment. That night, my husband gave me a big bear hug (in an attempt to pop my back), and I heard about 12 pops, from my mid back to upper back. Ahhh…better. I miss my chiropractor in WA State.

So, I’m back to normal, and hopefully won’t have another forced time off for a long time. No sign of muscle knots yet, but I expect to get them by the end of next week, at least a little bit.

And hey, I made the big 200 mile mark on the virtual walk today! Took me over two years, but I did it. Still in Virginia, and I have a long way to go still in that state. Here are the stats and the picture from today from the virtual walk site. I’m leaving out the elliptical stats for today since they’re not accurate. I went 35 minutes, and I’m guessing I went one mile. At least I seem to be over my obsession problem about mileage.

1 mile today
200 miles since 4/28/08
.72 miles to Mechums River, VA, Charlottesville City County


Copyright 2006 Lawrence Berkeley Lab


Bah…More Time Off

November 8, 2010 Leave a comment

Well, I hate to say it, but it looks like I’ll be taking this week off from the elliptical. Last week, I was feeling a weird muscle ache in my left foot. I thought it was because of the folded hand towel getting scrunched up beneath my foot, but I think it’s more than that. I felt the same sort of muscle ache in my right foot back in July when I hurt my ankle. So rather than be stupid (which I have been in the past), I’m taking this week off. I think it will only be one week, as the pain isn’t too bad. Not nearly as bad as my right ankle a few months ago.

Unfortunately, that means I’ll the switching back to my tennis shoes when I exercise. That’s unfortunate because I feel much more stable in my Vibram shoes. I will still wear my Vibram shoes the rest of the day. I am glad that I went slow as a test to my feet and shoes. I did do something earlier when I realized I wasn’t going to exercise on the elliptical today. I got off the elliptical, took off my Vibram shoes, put on my tennis shoes, and got back on the elliptical. The ache in my left foot was a lot less, but it was still there. So that gives me a little bit of hope that it will be only one week until I can get back on. Here I was worried about my right ankle, and my left foot is the problem. My injuries seem to switch sides every time I get one.

I think I would rather deal with muscle knots in my lower legs (caused by my tennis shoes), than this weird foot thing. The foot thing could possibly turn into something worse, like plantar faciitis or something (which I think I had a few years ago).

I have thought more than once about changing cardio equipment. I always decide to stick with my elliptical because I want to be upright when I exercise. The only other piece of cardio equipment that I would feel comfortable using on my own (without anyone around) would be a stationary bike. Don’t get me wrong, bicycling is great exercise, but I would really like to stay on my feet when I exercise. I keep thinking about it though. I want to stay away from treadmills since I have accidents on those. I’ve fallen more than a few times, and I do not want to use one when no one else is around in case I have a really nasty fall. I’ve never fallen off the elliptical before. I’ve had mine for two and half years (I think) and I’ve had no problems.

So I’m a bit bummed, but what can you do? You just have to keep rolling with punches. Hey that reminds me of a song that keeps me moving too. Here are the two stanzas that work for me (and yes, it’s a Bon Jovi song):

“I’ve been pushed around
Been knocked down
Lost a round or three
Life took a couple of things I loved
When I was too blind to see

But I’ll survive
I gave up on luck but I’m still getting by
Yeah I’m going to be alright
You can test my faith
But you can’t take my pride
Thorn in my side, thorn in my side.”

I will continue my strength training the rest of the week, on Wednesday and Friday. And we’ll see where I am at them. Obviously there’s no mileage update or picture of the day, and I will not reach the 200 mile mark this week. I was so close too. Oh well. I’ll get there eventually.

Have a great day, and I will see what I can come up with in terms of posts for this week.

Tired, Tired, Tired

November 5, 2010 Leave a comment

It’s Friday! It does not feel like Friday to me. I’m not sure what day it feels like. My husband hasn’t had a day off in almost a month. Good news a is, I think he has this Sunday off. It’s not for certain, but he’s trying. The days are starting to bleed together. I plan on taking Sunday off from the elliptical. My feet and calves feel achy and tired today, and I feel a little worn out. Got to keep moving though.

I’m still amazed at how my walker is improving my balance and stability. I think I might be ready to try to walk with it with no shoes. Maybe. My Five Fingers shoes had to be washed today, so I am barefoot right now. I could put them on when they’re still wet, but I don’t feel like sloshing around when I walk. They take about 12 hours to dry completely when they’re inside. I’m sure they only take an hour or two if I put them outside in the sun. But I don’t feel like doing that right now. All I feel like doing at the moment is relaxing on the couch, and reading my book. It’s 1:00 PM right now, but it feels like 7:00 PM. Maybe I’ll make a cup of green tea to wake myself up.

Elliptical stats for the day:
Distance- .7 mile
Resistance level-1
Endurance- Great. Got a bit tired the last two and a half minutes.
Injury- None. Feet feel tired and achy, but that’s all.

Virtual walk tour stats for the day:
0.7 miles today
198.4 miles since April 28, 2008
2.89 miles to Mechums River, VA, Charlottesville City County

Here is the picture of the day.


Copyright 2006 Lawrence Berkeley Lab

Writing Sites And Mileage

November 4, 2010 Leave a comment

I took yesterday off because I had a lot of writing that I want to get done. I now have no writing assignments at the moment, and I need to go look for more. I still have my one client over at Text Broker (well two, but they’re on the same account), but I am mainly writing for a site called Demand Media Studios. I have a love/hate relationship with this site. I have been a member of the site since March or April of this year I believe. They have various formats of writing such as the “how to” format, the “list” format, the “short answer” format, and a few others I think. I do the “how to” format.

Demand Media Studios was a site that I had always wanted to be a part of. I was always frustrated to see that they required a resume and writing samples. I didn’t have either one of those (I am working on those slowly), so I always gave up. I got brought into this site through another site called eHow. Demand Media Studios is the parent company of eHow, and eHow was changing the way they did their site. They were switching to the Demand Media Studios platform for writing. Due to this merge, I was brought into Demand Media Studios. I was very excited when I got the e-mail earlier this year.

My problem came about when I started to look for titles to write on. They have over 100,000 titles, but most of them make no sense whatsoever. For example, the title “How to Clean a Sharp SF 2052 Copier”. Luckily there are some easier titles that come around every now and then. I find most of the tiles I write under the health section or the culture section. Sometimes those sections are empty, or filled with random titles about cars. I’m glad they came up with a way to hide titles that you don’t want to see any more. That’s made everything a lot easier.

I’ve written about eight how to articles in the last two days. It takes me about an hour to write one (and that’s slow compared to most people). My process is like this. I look up titles, and claim the ones I think are going to be the easiest to write. Once I’ve got 10 (the claim limit), I look up research links. Demand Media Studios is very specific in the research links you use. They have certain web sites that are banned for use, and they like web sites that end in .edu, .gov, and sometimes .net. I never use sites that end in .com. Thank goodness for Once I have all my research links, I get to work. The great thing about this site is that the articles have a minimum word limit of 400 words. And every article is worth $15.00 (no matter what the word count is). So if you can find 10 articles every time you search, you can make a good deal of money. My problem is always finding titles. Oh and the other good thing about the site is that they pay twice a week.

On to the fitness portion of my day. Things are still going well with my elliptical. I’m looking forward to Saturday or Sunday when I increase my time to 30 minutes. I’m trying my best to be patient. I know it’s in my best interest to take it slow using my “new” shoes. I figure I can go about .8 or .9 mile in 30 minutes. That’s really close to 1 mile, and I’ll be tempted to go further, but I will try my best not to.

Elliptical stats for the day:
Distance- .7 mile
Resistance level-1
Injury- None.

Virtual walk tour stats for the day:
0.7 miles today
197.6 miles since April 28, 2008
3.61 miles to Mechums River, VA, Charlottesville City County

Here is the picture of the day.


Copyright 2006 Lawrence Berkeley Lab

Must Be Patient

November 2, 2010 Leave a comment

It’s been very tough for me to go less than a mile on my elliptical this last week. I’m thinking about going a mile tomorrow, as I feel fine and have no pain anywhere. But I know I should be patient, and I should take things slow like I had intended to. It’s only about two more weeks until I will hit a mile again. That will get me up to 35 minutes. So I will continue to take it slow.

Today’s .7 mile was very fast. I think I hit the 1/2 mile point in 16:30. That puts me on track for being close to my personal record for one mile. My pace was somewhat fast today, I saw 60 RPM a few times. I kept my average pace at 55 to 56 RPM. I need to figure out a way to keep the towel from slipping out from under my left foot when I go faster. Maybe I can use duct tape. Heh heh heh. We’ll see what I can come up with.

Elliptical stats for the day:
Distance- .7 mile
Resistance level-1
Injury- None.

Virtual walk tour stats for the day:
0.7 miles today
197 miles since April 28, 2008
4.33 miles to Mechums River, VA, Charlottesville City County


Copyright 2006 Lawrence Berkeley Lab

Interesting section of the road. Looks like it’s a narrow part with a bridge of some sort.

Categories: elliptical, virtual walk

Quickie Update

November 1, 2010 Leave a comment

Quick update today. I increased my time to 25 minutes, and everything looks good. My toes might start aching around 22 or 23 minutes, but it’s still OK. I went at my usual pace for today, and that seemed to be fine also. I went about 55 RPM and then made it up to 57 or 58 with no problems.

Elliptical stats for the day: All estimated:
Distance- .7 mile
Resistance level-1
Injury- None.

Virtual walk tour stats for the day:
0.7 miles today
196.2 miles since April 28, 2008
5.06 miles to Mechums River, VA, Charlottesville City County


Copyright 2006 Lawrence Berkeley Lab

Looks like a sunny day when this was taken. Gotta run! Have a good one!

Categories: virtual walk