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Mending Quickly….

Yesterday, Thursday I met Clay at his clinic – AV Physical Therapy – for an early morning workout. My back was a little tight from Tuesday morning’s workout. Clay was sore from his Tuesday morning workout.  I started up with 10 minutes on the exercise bike. I have found that if I grab a magazine I can do this warm up and not hardly notice the time go by. As my time was winding down Clay suggested that I do another 10 minutes, only harder. So I did.  After 20 he asked if I wanted to try the stairclimber machine. I have only used this once or twice before and since climbing is not my specialty, I did not much care for it.  Still, I figured maybe I could do it without putting much stress on the calf. i hung in there for 20 minutes. I started easy and every minute or two I increased the pace until I reached the machine’s maximum. I held the max for a minute and backed off just one level each minute. I was about halfway down the backside when I stopped due to exhaustion.  After some stretches, I headed home.

Today, I was thinking maybe I should try to run again. I packed my running clothes to run with the kids at Hillview. I thought my shoes were still in the car after yesterday’s workout, but when I got to school I discovered that they were not there.  So after school I headed out to be the coach once again. I sent the kids out on a warm up and jogged across the back of the school and noted that the calf felt really good. I also noted that I happened to be wearing a recently retired pair of Nike Air Structure Triax Shoes.  So, when the kids returned and started their sweet 16 workout I joined in.  The sweet 16 workout has lots of drills. I did some of the drills at an easy effort level and I jogged in lieu of some of them. Some of the drills were hampered by the fact that I was working out in skinny jeans…..  Still I drilled or jogged up, back, up and back, 4 basketball courts for all 16 drills. As the workout progresses I allowed myself to go a little faster on the fast part of each drill.

I felt absolutely nothing from my calf the whole time. By the time I was wrapping up my glutes and hamstrings were starting to feel it just a tad, I suspect due to the stairmaster yesterday….

Clay is planning what looks to be a fun mountain trail run tomorrow…. I wonder if I should dare to join him…..

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February 2013


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