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Oct 04 2013

Learn to Skate – Progress

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My kids started their first skating lessons on 8 June, whilst Mel (their cousin) joined 3 weeks later on 29 June. After seeing them doing it, and since I have to stay there for an hour with them, which can be really boring, I also took up lessons with them.

I officially joined them on 10 Aug, 2 months behind. Here is my Learn-To-Skate booklet…

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Really took me a great effort to pick up courage to join them. Adults… err… too many things to be afraid of. Scared of falling, scared of ‘no-face’, scared of being embarrassed, etc. I’m so glad that DH did not discourage me (although he also didn’t encourage, ahem!).

It was really a bad month to join in Aug/Sep. When we pay, we pay for 2 months package, costs RM220 for level 1. And Aug/Sep is a bad month, because it kept raining. Once it rains, lesson is canceled and there is no replacement! I was so anxious coz 3 weeks consecutively can’t take any lessons! So, one week I’ve decided to let Isabel be late for her morning ballet lesson, so that we could take the morning slot to catch up. But can only do once, as it is equally damaging to skip her lesson lah.

With that, finally I have taken 6 lessons, with another 1 more to go tomorrow. This time rugi banyak loh.

I was stuck at heel stop for 2 lessons, with a lot of mental barrier to fight, after the terrible falls during the week after my 1st lesson (read here for detail). I completely lost confidence, and kept doubting myself, with lots of fear on my skate shoes. I was also terrified of speed as well (is it sign or old age or just my nature?!).

Then, learning A-frame turn also took me 2 lessons, whilst Ian passed IMMEDIATELY! Jealous. Then last week I passed Swizzle, haven’t started learning Scooter yet. Kids already started. I feel so much left behind. >_<

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I keep having lots of problem with speed. The instructor kept telling me to go faster, but I just… err… cruised lazily. Hey, not that I didn’t put effort, I had thought I was FAST already, but… from my friend’s camera (bumped into her and she took video of me falling down, shameful!), I saw that I was really REALL REALLY SLLLLOOOOOWWW.

One instructor said that I’m still terrified of speed. The moment I gained a little (emphasized: LITTLE) speed, I get panic and lost balance, or would just slow down (unconsciously).

I hope I can learn and pass scooter tomorrow, else got to pay and renew?! Sob! Why I am so stupid and lack agility lah.

I know, I have never been active before, and I have very little muscle (I will come to that in a few days time in my next post). I have slow response, low reflex. When I do sports, I often get hit by the balls instead of hitting them. My rackets fly, and my shoes flew out when kicking the sand bag… Until now, still no difference. Sigh.

Makes me wonder if I should continue with Level 2, after I pass Level 1. The question is, it took me so hard to survive this level, will I survive the next one? I look at the list of things to learn in next level, I already sweat ler. Need so much of 1 foot balance. Without the skate, bare foot on the floor, I already found it challenging. * sweat *

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Oct 03 2013

I have very confusing feet

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I started running 2+ years ago, around mid 2011. First pair of running shoes was a New Balance. I don’t like to wear shoes that wrap around my feet because I just never can find comfortable shoes, but can’t avoid this for sports shoes. So my first pair of shoes worn until the sole wore off, and the stingy me still wanted to continue using… but the year end clearance came, and got tempted to buy my 2nd pair of shoes –> Nike. I bought the cheapest one that was on sales, only RM159 (out of season color which I don’t mind).

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I still keep the old NB shoes though, dunno for what. :p Just threw it away 2 hours ago only.

With the new Nike shoes, I ran for a while, and joined my first 10km Putrajaya night run. Around this time, I realized something wasn’t quite right about my feet. I started to wonder if it has to do with shoes.

I have never really looked into my feet problem, and never taken shoes seriously. I would just buy the cheapest shoes available as long as it is OK and don’t feel pain. But… when I was running with NB shoes, I had blisters. The blisters are around the ball of my feet, and the outer edges of both big toes. I had thought with the new pair of Nike shoes it would be solved. Well, it did, but only for a few weeks prior to my first 5km race. On the day of the night race, at around 5km point, my feet started to burn. Towards the end of the 10km I was already limping due to the extreme pain at the ball of the feet. When the race ended, I checked the bottom… a layer of skin practically peeled off from the bottom, with more threatening to let go.

At this point, I was tempted into investing a pair of Newton shoes when it was on sales last year, hoping it could solve my problem (more cushion for mid-foot landing runners). So, I switched my almost worn out Nike for the striking colored Newton. Did it solve my problem? NO! Not only that it didn’t solve my problem, I started to have a different and more serious issue –> Plantar Fasciitis.

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It started with the morning pain when get out of bed and went off after a while. Later, it developed into pains during the day, after sitting for a while. At one point, even sitting down, the heels would have throbbing pains.

So, I stopped using Newton, went back to my Nike and endured the blisters. Then few months ago, I decided to invest in a pair of good shoes, and someone recommended Brooks. I bought a pair, but… from a wrong shop with people who were not able to advise me. So I bought a pair of wrong shoes not suitable for me. Not cheap!

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What’s the problem with this pair of Brooks Ariel? To start with, it is D size in width and I have small/narrow feet, should be using size A or B (which I found out much later). To make it worse, my left foot is 1 whole size smaller than my right foot, so it caused my left foot to be swimming inside. That extra room gave more friction when running, so of course my blister came back. And my plantar fasciitis has never gone away.

Today, we went to the shop at 3-TWO square for its sales. The guy there is very experienced and gave me very good service. He examined my foot and my pose, asked all sort of questions related to my foot and running style, and finally he recommended Ravenna for me, original price RM439 sold at RM150. But my collapsing arch on the left foot would need a supporting insole, that costs RM199 (at most only 15% disc). He then suggested another model, Trance 11, original price of RM579 is sold now at RM200!! So I finally took the latter.

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Look, my left foot is a completely confusing one. First of all, it is under pronated, i.e. the ankle twisted outward, causing the foot pressing against the outer edge more. I already suspected this, coz all my shoes are worn out there. Check out my first pair of shoes (NB) bottom:

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In the picture, the one on the right side is my left shoe, and check out the worn out area (white color), where the black rubber has completely gone? This is definitely an under-pronated foot.

But, one would thought I should get blister at the outer edge right? But my blister is the inner edge, from the big toe to the ball.

The man told me that I also have a collapsing arch at my left foot (not completely flat though). I wonder if that’s the reason (and for plantar fasciitis also!). I had thought low arch means over pronator I am… I am confused, and that guy also admit that I confused him that I am all complicated. :(

Anyhow, I hope the new pair of shoes will solve my problem. Going to do a test run tomorrow morning.

Ah, BTW, today’s damage is not only the shoes, I also bought some shirts and pants. My pants are way over 10 years old and they are going to be torn. :p

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Aug 23 2013

I am learning to skate with my children

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Isabel’s birthday was in May, and I knew she has been wanting a pair of skate shoes, so after discussed with DH, we decided to get a pair for her, and to give her skating lesson, to equip her with the skill to use the shoes.

Many years ago, maybe around 4 years, I bought a pair of inline skates, joining my friends Aiyu and Charsiu.

k2 inline skates and alexis gear set

Somehow, due to the amount of $$ we spent, we didn’t join any classes, but tried to learn from Youtube ourselves. It started okay, but after many weeks, we never got really confident at it. As we were trying to learn A-frame turn, I had an unnatural fall, and twisted my knee. It took me more than 10 months to recover. I couldn’t walk, swim, etc. my knee was so swollen that I couldn’t even bend it. And since then, I never went onto the skate shoes any more.

Now since we are giving Isabel this gift, Ian also benefited from it. We have decided to delay the purchase of the shoes a little, let them learn first. Skateline offers to lend shoes and all equipment for level 1 and 2 students during lessons, so I took the advantage of that. However, after 1 lesson, I’ve decided to buy the kids their own protective gears, coz the loan units really stink. For hygiene purpose, I think better this way.

Only after they learnt nearly 2 months and see that their progress is a little slow, I then decided to buy them the shoes. Of course, they showed strong interest in it. :)

At this point, my itchy heart got stirred up, and I also signed up to learn with them.

On the first lesson, I had the advantage of being on skate shoes before, and also no other students (I had the solid 60min with the instructor), I passed the IFS (inline fun start, I.e. theory and basic), as well as the stride 1. So, my 2nd lesson I could join my kids in learning Heel Stop.

It was a great start for me, but I soon experienced nightmare…

The week we were waiting for my second Saturday lesson, was a school holiday week. As I tried to bring the kids to the basketball court to practice, the security guard shooed us away. In order not to disappoint the kids, I allowed them to move to the park, which was a big mistake for me…

There were so many up and down slopes. For someone like me, who have just learnt stride in 1 lesson, and who is so clumsy with the skate shoes, I really shouldn’t have done that. In one of the long downhill slope, I fell 3 times very badly. Not only I bruised my backside very badly, I also scraped them. When I showered only I realized the bleeding.

And that week’s lesson on Heel Stop became more important for me, but I am too scared to skate, I just couldn’t do it well. I wonder if I could ever learn up the skill to skate.

Now think again, at age of 40, trying to pick up a new sport, which I could hardly do when I was younger, is this something stupid to do?

But… I just feel like doing something with my children. I wish to do this with them! Well, maybe they don’t really want me to do with them, so what’s the point? I don’t know… Just hope I could survive Level 1 and get my money worth.

I hope there are more mothers learning to skate together with me, to help encourage one another!! Come lah, whoever reads Suzette, come and let’s meet up and learn to skate together! :)

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Mar 26 2013

Suffering from Plantar Fasciitis

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It has been more than 6 months now…

In the beginning, it is something like most people experienced, where one heel feels painful when first step down from bed in the morning. But that pain will go away.

Few months later, it developed into both heels. Both were painful, but after a while, before noon, the pain went away.

Then, toward the end of last year, both heels still get painful occasionally, can happen any time of the day.

The pain, got worse since January this year. Both are so painful that even when sitting down, I could feel the pain, especially on the right feet.

So I Googled and asked doctor about it. Apparently it is something called Plantar Fasciitis, i.e. inflammation of the Plantar Fascia – tendon at the bottom of our feet. I was told there are only 3 things I could do apart from surgery (dunno what kind of surgery, sounds like injecting steroid, I didn’t check that detail).

1. Stretching.
2. Icing.
3. Avoid barefoot on hard surface.

So, I’m doing them, but not regularly enough. The moment after icing, both feet feels a lot better, but the pain returns within 15 min after icing. It is like temporarily numbing the pain.

I am very reluctant to stop running, though I have reduced a lot. I know I should rest. But my big fat tummy is laughing at me. Sob!!

BTW, talking about running, I am loving RunKeeper and Earned enough points to redeem 2 sports-ID bands. I bought one for myself, one for each of the kids (my friend gave me her vouchers). Waiting to get enough points to redeem for DH. Good to have them have the emergency band, in case need to contact us.

Ah! What should I do with my painful feet?! I want to continue running, though I’m also lazy and full of excuses. This pain keeps giving me legitimate excuses to skip running. It has been so hard to motivate myself to run all these while, and this pain has completely taken it away from me….

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Feb 26 2013

Regular Exercise Did Not Help My HDL

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Many years ago, before conceived with Ian, my HDL level was 4.1 mmol/L (required to be >2 mmol/L). After my first pregnancy, I stopped my weekly up-hill climb at FRIM completely then saw a significant decline by half to 2.1 mmol/L when I tested again after the birth of Isabel (2nd pregnancy).

The figure dropped further to 1.6 the next year, and finally 1.41 before I decided to take up exercise as advised. But it was so hard!!

I begun by some slow walk at the park, 2-3 days a week. The next year, I saw rebounce to 1.9 mmol/L. I was excited, then the same year I increased exercise, bought a HRM from Suunto and began running.

After running for about 6-7 months, I took a blood test… The figure DROPPED!! It became 1.6 mmol/L again.

But from what I have been educated, I know exercise would increase HDL whilst diet will help decrease LDL. So I persist with exercise. Afte another year, my friend and I realized that we have been doing anaerobic exercise, which could be harmful and not yielding benefits much. So changed our training to aerobic.

That was 3 months ago. I like the aerobic running better. And because it is less stressful on our body, I increased to 4-5 times a week, each about 50min. I think I’ve meet all recommendations on ways to increase HDL.

Then blood test (after nearly 2 years since the last one).

Results –> HDL dropped further down to the worst ever level, 1.2 mmol/L. To stay healthy I need to keep it up to above 2.0 mmol/L. For 6 years already it has been below that mark. Despite how much I work out, the figure keeps dropping.

I am so disheartened. I really wanna cry.

With so much exercise, my weight didn’t drop. My HDL didn’t improve. I’m so… disappointed. To the extent that I feel like giving up my exercise. What’s the point?! It is not doing good for my esthetic look, and it is not doing good for my health. The figure is worse than before I started exercise 3 years ago!!

Why lah, why like this lah?!! :(

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