Monday, January 15, 2007

Back on the treadmill again...

Well, I didn't run on Saturday after all, mostly because that bruise only got worse over the course of the week, and I began to think that my problem was not so much a muscle strain as a little bit of internal bleeding. (I've considered posting pictures of my livid shin, but thought better of it.) I kind of freaked myself out imagining throwing a clot on my first run after my hiatus.

But Sunday I went and did an easy two miles on the treadmill, everything felt fine and I wasn't sore today. So I'll plan to do two miles every other day this week, then pick it up a bit next week.

Nice day off today, though we had a little ice storm. S had a birthday party to attend, traffic signals were out along the way. When we came home we karate-chopped ice off my little ancient Geo (which stayed home due to infirmity). Works well to clear the roof, not so much the windshield.

Friday, January 12, 2007

The lame and the halt...

Crud. I was doing what was going to be my long run on Saturday, just rounding the first turn of the 13th lap, when my right calf seized up. It wasn't a cramp, and didn't really even hurt all that much -- just felt like the muscle had balled up into a knot. I slowed to a walk to finish out the lap and it started aching like I'd been moving furniture the day before. By the time I got home I was limping.

Sunday morning, it felt a lot better -- no limping, just a little bit of residual stiffness. I went for a walk at Black Creek (in my Bean boots -- it's been 50's and rainy the past 2 weeks and the whole trail was a mud slick) and didn't feel bad at all -- til I got home and started limping again. So I've taken the rest of the week off from running (or even long walks) and I'll see how things go if I start up slow onSaturday. Usually it's my knees that get sore if I'm doing to much -- I've never had a muscle go on me like that. This is new ground I don't want to be breaking.

More fun... Tuesday I started noticing some bruising coming out along the side of my shin and a nice pool of bruise at my ankle. Doesn't hurt at all there, though. Should be interesting to see how the run goes tomorrow...