You know it is going to be bad when you can feel your aching body before you even move! I suspected the calf raises yesterday were going to cause some issues. I don't know that I have used them with such repetition since my final basketball practice my junior year of high school, and that was .....well, more than a few years ago!
I thought the best way to manage this morning was to do things slowly. I moved my arms - a couple of tight spots, but nothing really noteworthy. Fantastic - if all else fails, at least I will be able to wash my hair! Now my "core" (otherwise known as my extremely padded/insulated middle) - - check! No major pains! Now it was time to gear myself up - - my legs hurt this morning without even moving. This could get really bad. I moved my right leg, and was sure I was getting a charlie-horse. Nope - false alarm. My muscles (or place where muscle should be, or place where muscle is trying to form) was so tight it felt like a cramp. That is unpleasant! Seriously - how dormant do you have to be that 4 sets (totaling 70) of calf raises can make you feel like your legs are in a constant cramped state? And I was only getting started. I stood up out of bed, or rather - I tried to stand up out of bed - and I couldn't straighten my legs! The tops of my calf muscles (right under the back of your knee) were so tight and throbbing, that I trying to straighten my legs pulled on them too much! Well this is just ridiculous! I had to walk, looking like I jumped out of the evolutionary process a few steps before we got all the way to walking erect, to get to the bathroom. The good news is that I am able to get down onto things with ease - the front of my legs are feeling fine and dandy. Getting up is still an issue - who knew your calf muscles were tied to so many things?!?!
I gave myself the biggest pep talk in recent weeks, and prayed for my legs to start working, and headed for the gym. I did my 45 minutes on the elliptical. At no point during this process did I ever not have leg twinges. I guess I should just be grateful my legs didn't completely buckle, and send me falling from my machine (which is something I have visualized many times, and feel is inevitable at some point. I will fall off my machine at the gym one day - - just wondering when?). I swear at certain points the clock on my machine stopped moving - it was the longest 45 minutes I have experienced lately. Not even Sports Center could keep me completely distracted today - and it is my favorite time of year: Baseball/Football overlap!
I survived my time at the WAC, and am now home safe and sound - showered and ready for the game tonight. I am treating myself to a burger (93/7% lean beef, low fat pepperjack cheese, honey mustard, limited pickles and a sandwich thin) and baked cottage fries (the lowest sodium option I could find, and my fave - when does that ever happen?).