Last Updated on December 8, 2015 by Michael Brockbank
When I walked the Global 5K event with Runkeeper, I felt pretty good during the process. I wasn’t winded, my heart didn’t leap out of my chest and my blood pressure didn’t cause me to feel like I was going to explode. However, I did manage to hurt myself pretty bad. Weighing as much as I do and wearing the wrong kind of shoes were my two biggest downfalls. Even though I walked 3.4 miles without passing out, I didn’t do it the right way.
What I Took Away From This Experience
By the time I was done with my walk, I managed to create metatarsal stress fractures on both of my feet. My right foot experienced the worse of it and I am currently in a great deal of pain. As you can imagine, it’s incredibly difficult for me to walk at the moment. I mean, if one foot was fractured, I’d still be able to get around. With both feet damaged, it’s even more painful as I can’t put too much weight on either foot. However, I did learn a few things from this experience for next time.
In a previous post, I wrote about knowing your limitations. I grossly overestimated what I could accomplish in a 5K walk. It wasn’t that I got winded, developed side pains or increased my blood pressure. This was all about my feet. I didn’t take into consideration what three miles would do at 275+ pounds while wearing the wrong kind of shoes. I should have stopped at the first sign of pain, but I thought I could push through it – which I did. Unfortunately, I am paying for my arrogance this week.
I never really put much belief into the right kinds of shoes offering certain benefits. When I was younger, I did everything in canvas loafers. As I am rounding the horn at 40, I simply cannot do those kinds of things anymore. Not to mention that I was 100 pounds lighter back then. So, yes…next time I will be wearing proper shoes.
Being obese, there are simply things my body cannot do. This feeds into knowing limitations as my body needs to adjust for the increased mass. I should have maintained walking one mile per day until I reduced my weight before trying to push through 3.4 miles. I ignored my own advice of starting slow and working into greater accomplishments. I am living proof of why this is the best practice – I am in sheer agony because I tried to go the distance without properly preparing myself physically.
It Ain’t Over
Although I managed to hurt myself something fierce, I’m not going to view it as a failure. Instead, I am viewing it as an experience from which I learned a great deal about what I can do at the moment. For now, I will simply ease back into weight training and cardio activity until I can sustain greater effort. As soon as my feet heal, I’ll start walking more often and get my body into the shape it needs to be before committing to such a long distance.
It’s frustrating to know that I can go nearly three-and-a-half miles without getting winded but my feet crumble. It’s all good, though. I’ll just keep working in order to overcome these problems. Like I tell my children, “Never give up, never surrender!” Yes, that was a line from the movie Galaxy Quest.