Running Setback

24 Sep

I had it all planned out.  Today, I was going to run the last workout in the Couch to 5K plan.  Then, I was going to go to the running store to treat myself to a new pair of running shoes.  Tonight, I was going to brag about how I finished the program and write a great review of the app I used.

None of that happened.  Yesterday at work it seems I tweaked my lower right calf muscle.  I felt it at work but it felt fine last night, and I couldn’t feel anything while walking this morning.  I went out for my jog and seemed fine while warming up, but almost immediately after starting to run, it started to hurt.  A minute in, I started to consider that I might not be able to run.  Three minutes in, I stopped running and limped back to the car.

I know that injuries happen, and mine seems relatively minor.  I was pretty upset that I couldn’t run today though.  It was a beautiful day, I felt ready to run well, and I was looking forward to going to the running store and finally finding out what type of shoes I should really be wearing.  I’ve felt plenty of discomfort and residual soreness while running the past few months, but never felt a pain like this – a pain that clearly told me to stop.

So, I’ve been RICE-ing it up today, and will continue tomorrow.  Monday I may do some yoga, depending on if I’m up for it, and hopefully Tuesday I can go out and finish the program and tell you about how great it was.

I was starving all day today.  Don’t know why.  I know never to go to the grocery store hungry and I had two snacks beforehand, but by the time I was done my hungry belly told me to order a burrito instead of heating up healthy leftovers at home.  Oops!  It wasn’t even that good of a burrito.

Saturday, 9/24/11

breakfast – spelt English muffin with 2 tsp peanut butter and sliced banana, coffee with almond milk
lunch – Chilled Chickpea, Tomatillo and Avocado Soup, cherry tomatoes with 1 tsp olive oil and balsamic vinegar
PM snacks – nectarine, 1 oz salt & vinegar pop chips
dinner – burrito, 8 oz wine, 12 oz MGD 64
snack – banana

exercise – 10 minutes walking, 3 minutes running

daily points used:  29
weekly points used:  18
activity points earned:  2

Success of the day:  I made peanut butter chocolate chips cookies to take to a football gathering tomorrow, and didn’t eat one.  I had a smidge of the dough, of course, just for quality control purposes.

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One Response to “Running Setback”

  1. Brittany September 25, 2011 at 6:31 am #

    Rest is key when you’re newly injured. It’s probably nothing to worry about, but you should take a few days to rest and ice, etc. which it sounds like you’re doing. Don’t let this get you down. You’ve done amazing so far!

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