Whhhhooooaaaaaa….time to stretch! I’ve had some really good runs lately, but this weekend, I felt some steady calf/Achilles discomfort. That’s a reminder for me to SIMMER DOWN! Last week, my 18 mile run with Scott saw an increase in mileage, hills, and speed – all.at.once. Oops. Although I felt great, I realize I need to address stretching (or lack thereof) before my muscles and tendons rebel.
This weekend, my plan to decrease my long run to 14 miles and follow that with a 6 miler on Sunday was well timed. Both runs felt decent enough, but I was very aware of that pulling sensation in my calves. Lo and behold, I discovered a small bruise on each calf, approximately 6 inches from the bottom of my foot. I’m no exercise physiologist (though I did change my major 27 times and land in a Sports Medicine program for a semester – that makes me a professional, right?), but me thinks this is not a good sign.
So, before things get crazy and I find myself injured, I’m taking this week to reign it in a bit and stretch. Because seriously, no one wants to hear me wine. Oops, I meant whine.