at least i can cross train without pain.
I haven’t run since last Saturday due to some freak calf strain I’ve managed to acquire.
I have, however, logged over 100 KM on the rowing machine in the meantime.
The tough part about this is that I have to wake up around 4:45am in order to get my rowing workouts in, because if I sleep in too late there’s a lady who comes in and hovers around looking hopefully at me to finish my workout. If I wake up early enough, I can get my workout done before she takes command of the rowing machine with the television locked on the yappy dog channel at maximum volume as I sulk and glower at her from by numb-footed perch on the elliptical.
Not that it matters, but I’m the one who created this monster. At her request, I gave her a whole coaching lesson on how to use the rowing machine properly. Now she wants to use it all the time. And there’s only one.
C’mon, man. Nobody uses the rowing machine. I want to get away with hogging it. Sharing is for suckers!
And c’mon, injury universe. I’ve had enough of this. I waved my white flag and cut myself down to four days a week. My running karma is out-of-sorts this winter.
To be fair, I’ve had it pretty good. I’ve managed to avoid major injuries in the past five years.
Even so, this winter of training has been… challenging. I mean, calf pain, seriously? Keeping me from running for an entire week, and it’s looking like more? I tested things out on the treadmill on Thursday hoping to give it the honest 10-minute try, and I couldn’t even make it one mile. I cannot run without a limp and uh-oh-this-is-bad pain, even at 10-minute mile pace.
Someday I will have a positive running post to write again, but in the meantime my frustrations are bubbling away, which is why my posts have become so intermittent.
Aside from running being a pain in my butt, life is great. I have wonderful people in my life both here and far away. I love this town. I enjoy my work. The Northern Lights have been out in full force. Oh yeah, and this weekend is the spring equinox, after which I will finally have more daylight than the rest of you.
Have you ever been guilty of hogging a machine at the gym? What are your strategies for getting away with this? My personal strategy is to act super focused and just play dumb. Oh, you wanted to use this? Sorry, I was REALLY in the zone, and I had my music up so loud that I assumed you were tapping your foot because you were enjoying the catchy beats of my workout mix, not because you were trying to beam me an impatient and passive-aggressive message that you wanted a turn!
Anybody have experience with severe medial calf pain? I tweaked it one day two weeks ago on a slippery snowy run that was challenging for my lower legs and ankles. I continued to run on it for a week hoping that this would “shake out the kinks,” but apparently it just made things a lot worse. Rats!