Of Runningness

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I officially completed Week 2 of the Couch to 5K program on Monday. It was a rough run, let me tell you!

Have you ever had a Charley horse? You know, where your muscle cramps up A LOT? Well, I started this run with muscle cramping in both legs, going from thigh to ankle, but most painful in my calves.

OW! Doesn’t even begin to cover this.

But I ran anyway, hoping that somehow the running would ease the cramp.

Yeah, not so much.

Coincidentally (or not???) I had (finally) read the directions on my albuterol inhaler, which stated that you should take it 15-30 minutes prior to exercise, as opposed to taking it after, when I am all wheezy and stuff. So I had taken this before running. Could it have caused the cramping? I suppose I can test this theory out. It’s not like I won’t be running again. It did, however, help with the breathing thing. In fact, if I were not in excruciating pain, I think the run would have been great! πŸ™‚

My time was the worst time I’ve made for this week, but only by a few seconds. I kind of like that my running app keeps track of my total distance run during the program. So far, in the two weeks, I’ve run 11.01 miles! πŸ™‚

And… because this post needs more pictures… I’ll leave you with a few pictures that I took of the park in which I typically run:

The Running Path

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Just Starting to Flower

2 responses to “Of Runningness

  1. Running can be really tough on your joints and muscles and can cause repetitive motion injuries that will follow you the rest of your life. On the other hand it is good for your bone density, your heart, and of course maintaining a healthy body weight. Kudos to you on meeting your fitness goals, but if the pain persists it may be that running is not for you and you should either find another fitness activity or a soffter more giving surface to run on.

  2. Thanks for the advice! πŸ™‚ Currently, I think the pain is directly related to my myopathy, and not the running itself, but I will be careful. Sports injuries are no joke! (Plus, I don’t need to see *another* specialist! I got enough!)

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