With the pride of completing the first day of interval training fresh on my mind, there were visions of mastering my first 5k in less than two months.
Unfortunately, those visions lasted less than 24 hours.
That Doesn’t Feel Right
The next day as I walked into work, something didn’t feel quite right with my right foot. Initially it was just a little twinge, but the pain increased throughout the day.
I am not sure what exactly happened, but the pain is across the top of my foot right at the base of my toes. Unfortunately, the location means it is difficult to walk as each step has been painful.
Over the last two days I’ve had more of a hobble than a walk – much to the amusement of our kids.
When I shared the news with Running Wife, she asked if I was walking on my toes while on the elliptical as she had experienced something similar.
To be honest, I really couldn’t answer her question. The unexpected difficulty of that first day of interval training meant I was spending more time just hanging onto the elliptical, and I wasn’t giving too much attention to how my feet were positioned!
The hope was that a day of rest would clear things up and I would be back on track. Unfortunately, things were still painful yesterday and I decided to give it one more day of rest.
On the bright side, I’ve found myself anxious to get back on the elliptical and keep moving forward.
In the past, something like this would be the impetus for excuses and I would be back to sitting on the couch watching the boob tube on a nightly basis. My eating habits would slowly revert back to snacking on crappy food and I would be right back to where I had started.
But this time something is different.
This has been a slight setback in my schedule, but I actually want to get back at it and stay on track for my first 5k. The thought of the next workout is one of anticipation as opposed to dread.
Shift In Mindset
It wasn’t expected to happen so soon, but I have had a shift in mindset – one where exercise excites me and I am mentally committed to treating my body right; both from the perspective of exercising as well as the food that I am eating.
Did I mention I ate a handful of grapes as a snack last night?
It is amazing to experience how one’s mindset can have such an impact on the way that you approach a challenge. With the mindset that I had just a month or two back, this pain in my foot would have derailed all of my plans and that 5k would be nothing but a memory.
Now, it is nothing but a small pebble on my road to success.