Friday, October 26, 2012

Bargaining with My Calf

Monday called for a break from running. My knees and calves were sore
from my busy, busy running weekend so I played it safe and took my
little butt right over to the elliptical. It was a good 40 minute
workout. Nothing too intense but sweat-inducing, endorphin-releasing
just the same. After the cardio I took to my ankle weight circuit. Going
into marathon training I'm trying to make sure I do it at least once a

Tuesday I laced up my Asics and hit the treadmill for a nice 6 miler. I
seriously felt amazing. Something is to be said about sweat dripping
down your calves and shins. You're definitely doing something right.

Wednesday I woke up and my body was telling me to take a day. Good thing
too because I had a dentist appointment at 1:30. Who knew that getting
one little cavity filled would be so uncomfortable. That needle they put
into my jaw was massive and painful. I went home and crashed into what
can noly be described as a small coma. Me and medications do not mix.
Seriously, I have the lowest tolerance for least I
have a high tolerance for wine, right? When in pain, simply

Annnnnyways, I digress. I headed over to the gym today, eager to conquer
my 4 miles on the treadmill. I cranked up some Eve (anybody else love
this chick? I know it's a bit old school of me but I seriously LOVE her
music) and hopped on the treadmill. I was in the perfect mindset
today...funny how rest days can do that to you. I knocked out 4 miles in
31:28. Done and done. Then I headed into the weight room for a bit of
self inflicted pain.

Helllllloooo pyramid workout. I stole inspiration from Julie at Peanut
Butter Fingers. Here is what my workout looked like:

Mountain Climbers
Weighted Lunges (20 lbs - each leg)
Jumping Jacks
Weighted Squats (50 lbs)
60 second plank
Kettleball Swing (25 lbs)
Tricep Press (90 lbs)

You start with 10 of each, then move to 9 of each....etc, etc. The first
time I did it I went to 5 and was seriously sore a couple of days later.
Today I only got to 7, due to time constraints. I forced myself to do
some stretching. I do believe I officially have a calf strain. It is
very tight and sore after I run, not during. I found some exercises
online to stretch/strengthen....I promise that once this 10K race is
over I'll take it easy. (**This is what I keep saying to myself in my
head. My race is November 4 and marathon training starts November 12. 8
solid days with NO RUNNING. I promise...)


  1. Just so you know the needles they use in dentistry are some of the thinnest. It may feel huge but it's really not. =)

    I also weirdly love the dentist. Love it. I know, I'm weird.

    1. Thanks for that! lol. I hate any kind of needle....

      and I agree, you are totally weird:-)

  2. I would think that all the strength training that you're doing will help with the calf pain.

    I too love the awesome sweat dripping workout - I tend to notice the sweat on my elbows first.

    Enjoy those 8 days off ;-) I hear you on promising rest - after my race tomorrow, I'm focusing on strength, I need to make some aches and pains go away.

    1. I actually have more weight loss when I only do strength. Too bad I'm addicted to running....Good Luck on your race!