Tuesday, May 21, 2013

My self-serving passive-aggressive quote for today

"Everyone has a weakness, but exceptional is the person with no strengths"

And I feel exceptional!



I do have one question for those of you who run or walk regularly for exercise.  I've been walking 8 to 10 miles a day now for about two and a half months (one of the reasons my posts have been cut down).

Does there ever come a time -- especially for middle-aged people like me -- when something does not hurt?

I mean I've had shin splints; blisters harden into callouses and then gotten blisters on the callouses; the pounding my lower back takes has caused a burning sensation in my upper leg (commonly known as "thigh") and now my right ankle hurts.

None of these is debilitating and I keep on keeping on -- and so far I've lost quite a bit of weight (seven inches plus off my belt size -- which I'm calling the "blogger 35" pounds), but does it ever really end -- do you have some time period when there isn't a new ache or pain? 

Again not complaining (much), just wondering.

30 comments:

Anonymous said...

Good news/bad news:

It does end, when you die.

Anonymous said...

How old are you? Comes a time when you don't have to do anything and you still hurt.

jimintampa said...

Thought about a bike? Swap sore feet for sore butt.

jimmiraybob said...

Swap sore feet for sore butt.

I started riding much more regularly about 5 years ago - great to keep the weight down and the heart pumping. I finally broke down last summer and bought a gel seat and some bike shorts (the kind that look like regular shorts) that have a gel butt insert. Now, when I ride, it's like have angels softly messaging the rump - alone worth the ride.

I'd cut back on walking and pick up a bike to do some riding.

jimmiraybob said...

Oh, yeah. If you ride wear the helmet and stay far away from gravel. Just sayin'.

Anonymous said...

my knees gave me problems after about 10 years of fairly trouble free walking. I use an eliptical at the Y now, it is no way as pleasant as outside, but I do weights as well, and for a 68 yr old gal, I have buns of at least aluminum if not yet steel. Age comes with some practical jokes!

Anonymous said...

I have no insight for you, but congrats on the success of your new regimen!

John said...

Yes it gets better, at least for me. I try to take longer hikes on dirt trials. Mix it up, ride a bike, go to the gym.

Anonymous said...

I'm 62. Short answer, "nope". Long answer, "cross train".

Anonymous said...

To answer your question "do you have some time period when there isn't a new ache or pain?"

Yes. It arrives when you have sex and your partner is actually turned on by you.

Anonymous said...

As a middle-aged woman who has been working out regularly for (oy) 35 years but never competitively, it stops hurting when your body gets used to it - but if it hurts, you're doing too much - or at least that's been my sense, and I've never seriously injured myself (yet). Shin splints can be from sneakers that are not sufficiently supportive; depending on how bad those aches and pains are, it could be that you're adjusting ... but keep up the great work, as there are so many benefits to exercise. And if you can, find/befriend a physical therapist ...!

John said...

You must be reading my mind. I've been lifting weights again and thinking the exact same thing. Nothing too heavy - but six days a week, about an hour a day.

No insight myself - I'm 43 and every morning is a crucible of pain. Like you, though - the tangible benefits make me keep on keepin' on as well.

Hats off to you, Attaturk!

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pansypoo said...

i am gonna blame your footwear. i had a pair of boots that made my back hurt. i have been barefoot in WI all year for close to a decade now. as a kid i DID run barefoot.feet are better footwear oeriod. AND THEY DO NOT WEAR OUT. but you gotta start slow. OR, you gotta get better walking shoes.

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Anonymous said...

Another 62 year-old: Nope. As your body ages, it begins to remember all those old injuries you shrugged off as a kid. Look at them as a kind of red badge of courage.

Anonymous said...

me thinks the crosstraining and bike with weights on occasion is the way to go. but you're still gonna hurt. hell, just getting up in the morning hurts now...

i'm with ya atta. i'm back to the old body electric lady and weights on occasion with walking the mutt and i've gotta get back on the bike and hope i don't get too distracted and hit stuff.

and if you're walking that much, you need to change your shoes every few months.

i'm looking forward to buns of bisque to share with my partner. i'm a realist! *G*

feralcrj

Twiggy said...

I'd also like to recommend riding a bike. I'm 64 and ride over 6000 miles a year. It's a great way to get around, you can get a lot further on a bike than on foot. It's much better than running because you don't pound hell out of your feet, ankles and knees. It can also be a great social activity.

Mr. Hedley Bowes said...

The pains are recurring and present themselves in the oddest of places and the least opportune moments: much like that troll that once haunted these comments. Is/Ought and Onanist?

There is hope: Yoga. Core. Daily cardio on an Advanced Motion Trainer. Deep tissue massage. Analgesic/anti-inflammatory herbs.

Live Long and Carry On

frankly said...

No, no it does not.

I had to give up that sort of thing but now bike and find that it causes a whole lot fewer of those pains.

But I am finding that I now remember very clearly things I thought of as small dings when I was young - my body reminds me of every damn one of them

sarcasticnurse said...

Walk less? That's a lot of walking per day. Five miles a day is sufficient for weight loss, and won't be as likely to cause damage to your body. Also--Get new shoes, ones that are designed for walking. And then get another pair, and alternate them.

Substance McGravitas said...

My father recently advised me not to get old. Requires pondering.

I like the walking quite a bit. I will also recommend new and better shoes. They work.

Athenawise said...

What really hurts, Atta, is your posts on politics average under 10 comments, and this one has 23 so far. Everybody's a health expert.

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Anonymous said...

Nice going Attaturk, keep it up.

Anonymous said...

I was told that once past 50, if you wake up in the morning with no pains, you died in your sleep.

noel said...

As a 50 something who used to run: biking is the way to go! Low impact/high cardio exercise. Your knees will thank you. (Find a group - funner and safer.)

Anonymous said...

I am 48 and about 4 years ago I bought MBT walking shoes at The Walking Company (MBT has since gone bankrupt and the shoes are sold on clearance). These are the original creator of the shoes Skechers tried to rip off. It came with an intro video that explained what I will feel in my legs when you first start using them. In the 1st 6 weeks I added an inch of muscle back on my calfs and thighs, and I now rollerblade faster than ever and I can walk for hours pain free when I used "regular" sneakers or walking shoes my hips and knees would ache after about 45 minutes of walking. The MBT shoes worked for me but again I actually got off my fat ass and exercised and did NOT expect the shoes to work like magic by simply putting them on and walking back and forth from the fridge to the TV. When you first get a pair you DO NEED to put them on properly (you make sure you put some weight on your heel to make sure it gets "locked" in place) so as to not get a blister on your heel!!
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