A rearrangement of work commitments meant that I left work a bit early on Monday and got to the teeny tiny Lerwick gym well before the after-work crush. Because I ran on Sunday before I left for the airport, I only used the elliptical trainer and the rower and then faffed about with the weights for another 30 minutes because I wasn't about to pay £6.00 to use the gym for only 40 minutes of cardio. No pain during any of it. Whew.
My legs were a bit tired on Tuesday - blame it on the leg extensions and leg curls - but I figured that a slow 1.5 mile jog/walk would be okay. And it might have been, if I had been able to find anywhere flat and out of the wind. I had completely forgotten that, no matter which direction you go in Shetland, you are going uphill and into the wind. By the time I was five minutes and one hill into my run, my calf was aching each time my foot hit the ground. The headwind meant that I struggled to use my new Chi technique; I felt off-balance, clumsy, and heavy. I was pleased, though, that I listened to my body and walked as much as I needed to rather than pressing on through the calf ache. And, after a couple of minutes of walking and then VERY SLOW jogging, the pain went away. I walked up the rest of the inclines on my route, shuffled slowly on the downhills, and was glad when it was all over.
|Not my legs; nice socks, though.|
So what have I learned? My calf is better, but not better enough for hills (or even slight inclines). I might be better off doing fewer leg weights on the day before a run. Running into the wind is a bitch. Twisting leg movements are a definite no-no. I may not be doing proper Chi Running but whatever I am doing is different enough from my usual running style that, when I don't do it, I really notice the difference. And compression socks rock.