by - Wednesday, June 28, 2006

I think the rain we've been stuck with since Saturday is finally moving out of the area. It will be nice to be able to get runs in again at their regularly scheduled time. Yesterday I woke up before work and went out running....sans iPod (I know shocker!!!) because it was misty and I didn't want to chance my iPod getting ruined. It was supposed to be about 40 minutes but I think only ended up going about 35. I don't wear a watch when I run so I sort of have to guesstimate based on the time I leave my house and the time I get back.

Today it was pouring and flooding everywhere in the morning (it took me 45 minutes to get to my internship...usually only takes about 15 or 20... because I had to make about 5 detours because roads were closed) So needless to say I did not get a run in before work. Maybe that worked out for the best though because I have been very sore lately and my left calf muscle has been cramping up like mad. It's just been so tight. And my knees are starting to get a little sore again so I'm not really sure what's going on there either.

Instead I went running tonight after dinner. Again a nice 40 minutes, nothing too strenuous, but oh man did my left calf kill. It was some of my worst running ever. I just felt miserable the whole time and wanted to turn around and go home. I'm not sure what's going on. Running is usually so enjoyable, but lately it's been such a chore what with the weather and the aches and pains.

Hopefully now that it looks like the weather is going to clear up things will start to get back on track. I'm going to try stretching even more after my runs, in hopes that it will keep some of the extra tightness at bay.

Other things have beena bit out of whack too. I've been so run down and exhausted lately. Last night I went to bed at like 9:00 p.m. No joke and slept until 6:30 when I saw it was not possible to run and then went back to sleep until like 7:45 and still felt exhausted. I don't like this, it's definitely not helping my running at all.

Hopefully I'll have more positive things to post soon!

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  1. Anonymous2:43 AM

    Use ice baths for joints, tendons, shin splints, and bone problems and hot baths for muscle issues. Epsom salts are supposed to help with the heat baths, but in all honesty I think they just keep the water hot for longer. But keep running through it, try running different routes if your training gets stagnant. Training partners always help, even if they can only join once or twice a week, but keep it fresh. Good luck with your training!

  2. Adding on to what Mr./Mrs. Anonymous said, try massaging your calf a little bit. Either use your fingers, or use a little foam roller and kind of roll out your calf like you would roll cookie dough with a roller. Something like a tennis ball works too...put the ball on the floor and roll your calf along that so that the ball is creating resistance.

    No worries about the rambling on my page though, I tend to do it sometimes too!