Sweet Sweet Progress

As covered in my previous post, last week was pretty terrible in terms of performance due to the blistering from all the running the week prior. Earlier this week on Monday, I went ahead and drained the blister before heading out on a run. When I returned, I was disappointed to find that the new preventative measures I tried failed, and had a new blister formed in the exact same spot as the previous one, only one skin layer deeper.

New Blister

 

I turn, I took a few days off to let my foot heal up. When Thursday rolled around and I realized I was still only 1/4 of the way through my 20 mile goal for the week, I tried a new tactic:

My Blister Prevention Solution

Using a combination of J&J’s friction block stick and medical tape, I went out on my second run for the week. My fitness app ended up pausing for a good chunk of a mile, so I actually ended up running about 6 miles that day. When I returned home and checked to see how well my new workaround had fared, I was pleasantly surprised. The blister site wasn’t further aggravated, and I now have a reliable way to combat future occurrences.

One of the things I find myself enjoying most about modern technology is how encouraging it can be in relation to personal health. I have a Withings Smart Scale that integrates my RunKeeper activity (which is highly accurate since I use a Wahoo Heart Rate Monitor and a Wahoo Stride Sensor) in its body tracking functions. When I stepped on the scale yesterday, I was surprised by how much progress I’ve made.

Withings iPhone App Dashboard

I’m only 6 pounds away from breaking under 200, on track to meet goal if I run 5 miles today and 5 miles tomorrow, and am really close to meeting my weekly 2lb loss goal. Having all of this data compiled and calculated in such a useful format without having to force myself to build spreadsheets with formulas and manually log the data is great. Not only does it save me time, but it actually makes me eager to get geared up and go exercise. The advanced metrics available in my Withings dashboard on a computer browser are even more motivational.

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Ever since we moved to this new apartment and have started exercising regularly, things have changed more than I realized. Hard to believe that just 3 months ago, I was 12 lbs heavier. If I keep up the pace, I’ll be within objective range by the end of this year, and that excites me a lot.