Monday, July 22, 2013
Doesn't it always happen when you're 4.5 miles from home?
I have been trying to be really in tune with my body this summer, since I've been working out so much more. I knew an injury would derail me, physically AND emotionally. So why Why WHY did this happen? It's such a silly injury -- a strain of the soleus (sp?) muscle in my calf. It started bothering me about 4 miles out (on a 10-mile out-and-back) and I slowed down... but once it was tweaked, it was tweaked. I had to walk the 4.5 miles home.
It smarts! I've been doing rest. ice, compression, elevation... but the Internet (how did we figure out this stuff before Google?) said it's an injury that can take a long time to heal. Like, LONGER THAN THE TIME REMAINING BEFORE MY HALF MARATHON! I got sick for this same half marathon 7 years ago. Really? We're going to do this again?
The complete drag is that I'm not able to run off some chocolates I eat during the day, or an extra serving of something at dinner. I had been relying on that quite a bit. It will also stall the toning in my legs, which I had JUST started to notice. Buh! I can't believe my legs turned on me.
I guess now I get to be obsessive about what I'm putting in my mouth, and I don't have to worry that I am not fueling my workouts appropriately. You know, SINCE I'M NOT HAVING ANY WORKOUTS! All I can do at this point is take care of the leg. Sigh.