Running with a leg that’s out of whack sucks. Running with a leg that’s out of whack while on vacation is even worse!
I took three run days off, went on a cruise and made a goal to run on Friday while in the Bahamas with my husband. Big fail. My right leg was so out of alignment that I couldn’t get past one mile without pain. My hubby also saw me collapse from pain for the first time. He had no choice but to book me for a deep tissue massage.
Never have I screamed/yelled/squirmed during a massage session. The outcome was:
- My calves are so tight, they were like concrete
- I have a huge build up of lactic acid, and I need to massage my legs to help circulate blood to heal the tightness
- BOTH legs are affected
- I need to detox, take an alkaline bath, or rub something like tiger balm on my sore muscles
- My yoga practice has made me very flexible (yes!) but I need to add massage to my routine
I tried running the Castaway Cay 5K route the next day on Castaway Cay and my legs were still sore from the massage and only got to two. I was sad, but still determined. I massaged my legs at the beach and did a little yoga to keep limber.
I took a rest day the next day (Sunday), then ran on Monday with my hubby. I felt GREAT! I started out SLOW and only ran two miles because I wanted to pick up where I left off in training. I slowed down at the end because I’m still a little scared to tell you the truth. I’m hoping to run the next five on Wednesday with minimal problems and make it back home in a good time. Wish me luck and happy running to you!