Running In Cold Weather – Christmas 2010 Is Here!

Well here we are and another Christmas has arrived! It’s that time of year when tasty foods are around every corner, and the temptations are ever present. It’s definitely not a time of year  for those who aren’t comfortable with their diet plans as it will be so easy to eat all the wrong foods and make all the wrong choices. But even though those temptations will be ever present, fear not because all of the things you have learned along the way will help you get through this time without making a total disaster out of your diet.

One of the main things to remember is portion control and trying to avoid all of those desserts. My weakness is always with cookies and pies. Taking just one is almost impossible for me even knowing what they have done to me in the past. Trying to keep in mind that I am a diabetic does help somewhat but does not assure that I will avoid the temptation altogether. Like everyone else being an ex-fat guy makes it extremely difficult for me to not fall back into the old habits.

I have been trying to keep up with my running since my injury this past summer to my shin. During the months of September through late October, my legs were feeling pretty good and I thought I was well on my way to recovery. Unfortunately by mid-November I was starting to experience a lot of calf muscle pain as well is a recurring pain in my shins. The cramping in my calves became so bad at one point that I was struggling to run even 3 miles.

Running this time year can be a challenge when you live in Michigan as I do. The trick to running and subfreezing weatheris to dress correctly for the temperatures. Layering is very important in wearing tight compression layers beneath it all is the way to start. The same rules still apply about dressing about 15 to 20° cooler than the actual temperature, but at least if you layer you can always still take something off but it’s hard to avoid getting cold if you didn’t have enough to start with.

You will also need to get your lungs used to the colder air for breathing. I find the worst thing for me is controlling the windchill but wearing a windbreaker outside of all of my running clothing seems to help keep that in check, on those days when the windchill is approaching 0° or even colder as sometimes happens here in Michigan. Once you start shivering it’s really too late, so the key is to never get there to begin with by dressing smartly and in layers.

It’s about time for me to consider a brand-new pair of shoes as well, but as I’ve mentioned before my Asics 2150’s aren’t inexpensive and may have to wait till January. They have about 350 miles on them though and I usually change my shoes out around 300 miles. I can start feeling it in my ankles when they start to wear so I have to be careful not to push it too far out or I will end up paying for it in other ways.

I decided to stop taking my Crestor for a while to see if that would help alleviate the pain. After about two weeks the pain seemed to be starting to subside, so I started retaking my Crestor at half the dose of 5 mg instead of 10 mg. It is now been about a week and a half since then and today the calf muscle pain was returning severely. As of today I am stopping taking the Crestor for another two weeks to see if the pain once again subsides. Assuming that it does I will be following up with my doctor to see what other cholesterol-lowering options are available to me.

As you know if you’ve been following this blog I’ve had numerous issues with controlling my cholesterol over the years in diet and exercise are simply not enough alone. My doctor is suggesting that I might try Zetia which is a drug that doesn’t work like a statin, but also works in the digestive tract. I may just give this one a try and see if it solves my issues. I also recently heard about a new trial being performed for a brand-new drug that is supposed to be some type of super cholesterol-lowering agent that I will be keeping my eye on in the near future.

I am now off for the rest of the holidays and will concentrate on getting some work done on the websites that I have been ignoring for months as well is getting in some daily running as my calf muscle pain will allow and we’ll see how it goes from there. Hopefully I can get in at least 3 to 4 miles 4 to 5 days a week over the next two weeks we should help me offset the bad eating that I’m sure I will do a little bit of during the holidays. For today though, I have done well as I have only eaten my usual yogurt and apple for breakfast in the tuna salad for lunch. Not sure what’s for dinner as I forgot to set something out!

To all my readers and supporters I say Merry Christmas in the happiest of New Years as we head into 2011 with our heads held high.  I am hoping that the economic recovery stays on path slow though it is, so that all of those still affected by the downturn in our economy over the past two years can quickly recover.

Merry Christmas, Jesus is risen, and he lives in all of us who accept him!

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