Commandos Are the Hardest

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? 



  1. May 31, 2017 / 5:12 am

    I hope you get some answers about your calves! One other thing I was thinking about was if you have tried rolling/massaging out your feet? I met with a rolfer yesterday (basically a fancy massage therapist) at my chiropractors office and we talked alot about injuries and she said she always starts by looking at the feet. If our feet are bound up from being in tight shoes all the time it can cause problems in other parts of the legs. She recommended slowly and gently rolling my feet with a tennis ball while seated, making sure to focus and take deep breaths. It may be worth a try if you haven’t already!

    • Kristina
      June 4, 2017 / 4:37 pm

      Thanks for the tip about rolling my feet. I’ve never done that but will give it a try. That makes a lot of sense about the shoes!

  2. May 31, 2017 / 9:28 am

    Those shoes are so pretty!! Love them. Very interesting about the compartment syndrome. I have not heard of that before. My Dr prescribed some cream for my hamstring issue… but it’s $75 out of pocket, so I’m debating it right now. Wish all treatments were free!
    I have also fallen off the burpee bandwagon. Phew, so tiring even thinking about them. haha!!

    • Kristina
      June 4, 2017 / 4:38 pm

      Oh wow $75 is a lot. I would be debating that too. I wish they were free as well!

      I know right? When I saw Megan did 100 burpees the other day I almost passed out for her!

  3. May 31, 2017 / 9:54 am

    It does sound like compartment syndrome but I still think it’s so weird that I would know two people who have it at exactly the same time! I really hope it’s something else and that there is something you can do for it. I haven’t been running much either. I have been working out but it just doesn’t give me as much joy as running.

    I had to look up commandos. I wasn’t sure what they were. I believe I have done them before and they are hard!

    • Kristina
      June 4, 2017 / 4:39 pm

      I do as well! My PT said compartment syndrome is especially rare to just happen. Normally it occurs after a trauma like a car accident. She doesn’t think it’s CS at all which makes me hopeful. It was almost relieving when she said my calves were crunchy and definitely had scar tissue buildup!

  4. May 31, 2017 / 4:59 pm

    Yikes, I really hope you don’t have compartment syndrome! Crossing my fingers it’s something less serious, but either way I hope you get some answers soon. FWIW, if you have to have the surgery, I think if you keep exercising regularly and stay in shape until you can run again in Aug/Sept, you will be fine to run your race in November, although maybe not as fast as you’d like. I ran two halves this spring off of very little running base – I had to walk in the final miles of both and ran some pretty big PWs, but I finished, and I wasn’t totally demolished afterward either.

    • Kristina
      June 4, 2017 / 4:41 pm

      Thanks Hanna! Now that I’ve been to see my PT I am feeling very optimistic about it not being CS. She said my calves were “crunchy” and had a lot of scar tissue buildup which could very well be the cause of the tightness getting worse over time! Fingers crossed. I have my doctor appt this Thursday but I am hopeful now!

  5. May 31, 2017 / 5:42 pm

    Love your new shoes Kristina! I learned a lot about compartment syndrome the last time I got shin splints. I really hope you don’t need surgery and that the solution to the problem is more simple than that. Please keep us updated!

    • Kristina
      June 4, 2017 / 4:42 pm

      Thanks Nathaly! My PT gave me a lot of hope in saying that my calves feel crunchy from scar tissue buildup which could definitely be the cause of tightness increasing over time. I’m feeling hopeful that a few more sessions of deep tissue massage can get me back to feeling good!

  6. Susan
    June 1, 2017 / 6:09 am

    I have done commandos in the past (on this abs DVD I was doing a few years ago). Maybe I should bring out that DVD again–it was tough. I have running shoes that only have 150 miles on them PLUS a brand new pair waiting for my return! I can’t wait. I hope you can get some answers on your legs. I hope the PT can help until you see the doctor. My PT kept me running for many months but since I never addressed the real issue it only lasted so long and finally my body was like “excuse me, pay attention”. And now here I am 2+ months into recovery and praying it is just another week or two. If I can do it, you can (that is, IF you have compartment syndrome…which I really hope you don’t). Hang in there!

    • Kristina
      June 4, 2017 / 4:43 pm

      I honestly put commandos up there with burpees now -both are so hard. Next time I will not “save” the commandos for the end of the workout haha!

      I’m feeling so optimistic after the PT session but will feel even better if the doctor rules out CS as well on Thursday!

  7. June 1, 2017 / 9:47 am

    I hope you get some answers! I know it gets old. That is great you are doing some cross training 🙂 I know someone who had the compartment surgery on his calves and had a good outcome pain wise…he is better after healing up.

    • Kristina
      June 4, 2017 / 4:44 pm

      That’s definitely comforting to hear! Ali’s friend also had CS and has gotten back to running happily since the surgery. If it comes down to it I know the surgery will be worth it, but my PT appointment went well and I’m feeling hopeful now that it’s just A LOT of scar tissue buildup!