After resting my shins and painful right foot for the weekend, today I went back to the walking routine.
First I massaged arthritis cream into my knee and the bones of my foot, as the cream has a pain reliever in it I was pretty sure that it would help.
Plugged in my I-pod, and set off down the driveway. So far, so good. Okay then, let's get going.
Down to the corner, cross the road, stride along in time to the music. (used to be able to keep this up for at least an hour). Still going well.
Then the shins began to complain. Ignored them and kept going. Two blocks further on, they were practically screaming at me. "Why are you doing this to us?"
So I stopped for a bit, gave them time to calm down and set off again. Much slower. Forget striding along with Madonna's beat, a casual stroll instead of the exercise speed seems to be the way to go.
I thought the slower speed would take me a lot longer to complete the 3km, but as it turns out I added an extra block at the halfway mark and still got home only 5 minutes later than expected.
So here's the deal, shins. Are you listening? I'll keep walking, (yes, yes, new shoes are coming, I promise, but the gas bill had to be paid), doing the casual stroll style, and you lessen up on the pain level, okay? Deal.
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