Sunday, January 31, 2010
Must be the week for stupid - running injury
I started another Couch to 5 K with an application for my iphone. It was my third time in a week working out on the treadmill and yesterday I pulled/strained a calf muscle big time. How big? Can barely go upstairs without flat flooting it each step and after doing what I needed to do, based on the internet: RICE, rest, ice, compression and elevation, I still woke up with a swollen ankle and foot. With deliberate walking, I can get around, but I am going to give the doctor a call tomorrow to get some physical therapy. I really want to be able to run in a 5-K in May for our hospital's cancer center with our lab team.
What did I do wrong? Maybe it was exercising before breakfast, or even though I did stretch, I didn't do enough, or I really think it was that I changed how my foot hit the treadmill. I changed from flat foot sounding like a herd to trying to be more on the front of my foot. Guess my calves weren't too happy with that change.
I don't want to say that I can't run, but that I want to be able to run. Along with using Loseit on the iphone, my goal this year is to lose 20 pounds. This can be done and I will do it, after I get this calf back to normal.