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January 2013

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led astray

fitness frustrations

I'm working hard on trying to get fit.  My muscles will only do so much and it's not fast enough for me.  I know I wasn't in the best shape, but I didn't realize how weak I had gotten. My muscles are quick to burn.  I try to balance pushing through the pain with not overdoing it.  Monday I walked 5+ miles.  Tuesday I ran only about half what I had been doing, in consideration for my legs after all that walking.  So there's pain, and then there's pain.  I'm working up to and getting better at running past discomfort.  But then last night I couldn't sleep for my lower legs throbbing.  At 2am (I went to bed around 11pm) I finally got up and took some long acting ibuprofen (and I'll take a moment here to thank science for liqui-caps).  I had scheduled myself to run today.  I didn't run, but I did walk a mile each way to hang out with a friend.  I had to take more ibuprofen and ice my shins once I got to his place.  I have been icing regularly for around 20 minutes 2-3 times per day since returning, again, to exercise.  So now what?  I am ready and willing to do the work, but my body is not reacting well.  I don't want to stop doing it and lose momentum again.  I can work on arms and core stuff, but I am not sure how to do cardio without aggravating my legs.
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