How am I doing?

It’s been one week since I posted the training plan in preparation for the 5k on 22 October. How am I doing? Well, as I’m writing this I’m icing my calves.

Not to worry, this is just injury prevention. I have good news and I have bad news. The bad news is that my calves really hurt. The good news is that ONLY my calves hurt. The rest of my running body feels pretty darn good. I guess I should be happy.

Last week I had to change the running schedule a bit because of work. Long hours on Tuesday and Thursday meant that I did my jogging on Wednesday and Friday mornings. No big deal. Wednesday morning my calves hurt so much afterwards that I came home and put ice on them. Same Friday morning. And this morning. But things are looking up! The pain is getting less, not worse.

I’ve been scouring the running websites looking for info and advice. Is this just beginners pain and will go away as my body gets used to this? Or is this leading to something serious and I should lay off, or do something special or different? I’m especially careful because last year I suffered severely from shinsplints and had to stop running altogether for 3 months and was only just getting started. I didn’t find much online. Only really terrible horror stories which made me wonder if this is such a safe sport after all! What’s with all these injured people out there?

Yesterday I happened to be at the American Book Center looking for a book about Edinburgh (where we are going next weekend) and happened to find a book called “Chi Running” by Danny Dreyer. Subtitled “A revolutionary approach to effortless, injury-free running”, it seems to address what I’m concerned about. Or, as DB says, they put all the buzz words on the front cover so of course I bought it. šŸ™‚ Maybe so. I’ll read it and let you know.

In any case, I’m still on track, still on schedule, heading for that 5k race!

2 thoughts on “How am I doing?

  1. mandy September 17, 2007 / 01:43

    stretch, stretch, and hmmm…stretch! šŸ™‚ Seriously, do a pre-timed-run warmup jog, stretch the HELL out of everything, then start your run! There’s nothing like a D-ROM warmup (also a play on techie terms, auntie!). It’s dynamic range of movement, and it helps different groups of muscles work simultaneously to get a really great stretch…not like what we were taught in gym classes! It’ll keep your heart rate up and keep things super loose. I’ve been scouring the ‘net to find examples for you, but maybe i’ll send you an email with details. šŸ™‚
    Good luck on the training! You’re doing awesome!

  2. earlybird September 17, 2007 / 20:42

    Hey Mandy thanks for the tip! Definitely send me some info on this D-ROM thing. I need all the help I can get!

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