Yesterday was another scorcher here in South Florida! I was sort of relieved to not have to gear up for a run after work.
I have an appointment with my PT this Friday and hope to get some insights about my calves. I’ll probably go for a short run on Thursday just to get a recent reading on my calves before the appointment, but other than that I am not going to run until I hear what’s going on.
As I briefly mentioned yesterday, at the urging of some trusted running friends (Ali, Megan and Susan) I also made an appointment with an orthopedic surgeon that specializes in sports medicine. If I have a form of compartment syndrome, which is a possibility according to Google, then it’s best to know as soon as possible.
The very qualified doctor I chose is on vacation this week so I won’t be able to see him until next week, which is why I made a PT appointment. I am hungry for some answers.
The course of treatment for compartment syndrome is almost always surgery, and Ali tells me there is an 8 week recovery period (she’s currently being tested for it). Say I had the surgery in June, that would put me into August before I could pick up with very light training again.
I have already paid for the runDisney Wine & Dine Two Course Challenge which falls the first weekend in November. runDisney no longer allows for transfers or refunds, so it would be best if I could have the surgery right away.
Even if I had the surgery tomorrow I’m still not sure I could do the Two Course Challenge, but that’s putting the cart before the horse. I may not have compartment syndrome at all. Maybe I just have micro tears in the muscles built up from not stretching enough. I mean I think I stretch my calves A LOT but maybe I’m not, or maybe I’m stretching too much. Or it’s something else.
All I know is that I have the same symptoms in both legs, and the tightness seems to be rapidly becoming worse even though I am barely running more than 2 miles every other day at this point. Sigh.
I didn’t run last night, instead I did Week 3 of Carly Rowen’s Get Gorgeous Guide. Since I’m not running much at all right now I was in the mood for a really challenging workout. I ended up doing her Week 3 Upper Body, Leg/Butt and Abs workout all in one.
It took me about 90 minutes and I was exhausted by the end. I probably won’t try and fit all three workouts into one day ever again! hah
(If you’re following along I skipped the Squat Press on the upper body workout since I had already done the Squat DB Thrusters in the leg day workout. Instead I subbed in bench press.)
Cecil thought about lifting weights for a minute…
But then he decided to take a nap instead. I mean who could blame him? It’s the smart choice.
Not gonna lie, after doing commandos I wanted to do the same thing!
Why are commandos so flipping hard? They make me feel so weak. I had never done them before I started Carly’s guide. WOW. I can’t decide if I’ve been missing out on a great exercise move, or if I’ve been lucky to have avoided it all this time!
After my workout I made a berry shake and started this blog post.
I’m currently starting to feel a little bummed out about not running today, probably because my new Adrenalines arrived and they are staring at me.
I think they may be the prettiest running shoes I’ve ever owned. The day I get to lace them up is going to be a good day. Hopefully it will be the day that I KNOW exactly what is going on with my calves.
Are you due for new running shoes soon?
What do you think is the hardest exercise?