Friday, May 27, 2011

Plenty of Pain

Yesterday during pilates, I thought I felt a cramp in my left calf.  As the night went on, I felt like something was happening.  Sure enough when I woke up, my leg was jacked up.  Seriously? The last time I felt like this, it was my other leg and it was a little over a month ago when I did the hike from hell while visiting my sister.

Ironically, I have the opportunity to do this hike again this weekend.  Maybe the calf is acting up in anticipation and protest of this potential hike. 

I massaged it when I could during the day, and then when I got home, I put a massager to it.  OUCH!!!!!  Unfortunately, I couldn't make it to the chiropractor for help either.  So, I'll have to deal.  My mother and my mermaid were at the pool, so I took off to the rec center for circuit training. 

I guess Friday's are a slow day at the gym.  There was only a handful of people, and no one on the mats.  =)  I warmed up with a five minute bike ride while watching Sex and the City.  The leg didn't feel too bad, so I thought maybe I'd cool down with the elliptical when I was finished.  I grabbed my weights and the bosu ball and got started.  I stayed with the 15 reps of each exercise.  I know eventually, soon, I'll have to start doing three sets, but I really don't want to - It's a tough workout.  I just have to keep telling myself it doesn't matter what I want to do; it's what I need to do. 

Once I finished the two sets, I went to get my phone.  My leg felt okay, not great, but okay.  I looked at the ellipticals.  Then I looked at the treadmills.  Then back at the ellipticals.  Then back at the treadmills.  I argued with myself!  It was laughable, but I didn't really want to do either.  In the end, the treadmill won out, and I set the timer for a 15 minute mile.  While I was running, my shoe came untied after the 1/2 mile mark. I had to pause the machine to tie it.  When I started back up, I set the pace for 4.2 and finished up at that pace.  A couple of times, I felt a small twinge shoot up my leg.  But I finished up the mile and the two minute cool down before heading to the mat to stretch.  Although I stretched for two whole songs, I don't think it was enough because when I got into my car I felt a not-so-pleasant feeling not only in my calf, but also in my glute.

Oh no!  I had a messed up calf, now I've jacked up my booty, too!  And I'm thinking of the hike.  This is not good.

After showers and bedtime, I got into the hot tub.  I tried to rub out some of the knots on my leg, and I don't know if it was just the hot water or if I was sweating from the pain.  I'll put some Biofreeze on it before I go to sleep, and I hope that will help it some. 

We'll see what tomorrow holds.  As long as it doesn't get worse, I think I'll be okay.  If I start limping again, I'm in trouble.  If this is the case, I won't be able to see the chiropractor until Tuesday.  There may be plenty of pain until then.

But I'll hope not.

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