Tuesday, March 27, 2012

I can't hear for all the screaming muscles

By User:Mikael Häggström (Image:Gray190.png)
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This morning I woke up to the sound of screaming muscles.  While I appreciate their right to talk, I do wish they would pipe down or shut up altogether.  After all, I have rowing to do later today and - more importantly - a trail run tomorrow, and I don't want anything to interfere with THE PLAN.

Apparently, Sunday's nine-mile trail run was tougher on the body than I thought.  All those little balancing muscles firing, all that lateral movement to get around rocks and debris - it all took its toll.  My IT bands scream when I sit down.  My hips and glutes scream when I roll over in bed.  My lower calves scream when I walk.  Even my upper back is screaming, although I don't know what's causing that unless it just feels left out of the scream-fest.

Ah well.  I am not necessarily against the soreness.  It makes me feel like I did something, and that's a good feeling.  And, generally speaking, my policy is to never regret a run.  I just get too much out of them.  However, I suppose I can be irritated if I end up hurting myself on one, or even if the general soreness sidelines me in any way for the next couple of days.

Perhaps the yoga class I had on tap for this morning will help.  It's one of those "hot" types of yoga where you really get the muscles loosened up.  I was really looking forward to this class until I woke up this morning; now I just hope it's not too late to do some good.  Suddenly, I fear it may hurt.

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  1. Thanks for the bondi band....
    I was really sore yesterday too after my long weekend of running, but I feel like I accomplished something. You too! Great job!

  2. Protein post workout is super important, preferably something that is easily digestible. Drink LOTS of water! You're muscles are like, 85% water or some crazy similar amount (depending on your unique body condition) so drinking water should help a lot! Plus lots of stretching too - the hot yoga would be great but drink lots of water before/after that too because you'll get dehydrated. So awesome that you ran a 9 mile trail! Trail running still scares me lol :)

    1. Hi FitGirl, I think you are right on the water. After my run on Sunday, I think I failed in the hydration department. I was sitting around after the run for a couple of hours waiting for the rest of the crew to finish up, and while I sipped on water, I didn't have as much as I should have. Also, the stretching didn't go so well. Surrounded by grassy areas, but they were all still covered in dew. I ended up stretching on the concrete, which wasn't too comfortable, so I cut everything short. Next time, I'll suck it up and get a little wet. Anything to help with the muscle soreness! Thanks for stopping by!