Friday, October 1, 2010

Getting there

I woke up feeling pretty blue, with a lot of stuff on my mind that made my life seem out of control and weighing me down.

But I had a date with a friend for a 9:30 a.m. run, and it turned out to be just what I needed.

My right calf has been super, super tight since yesterday. Like so tight it hurts when I stand up. I decided to spend a lot of time stretching, and then we walked the first 1.4 miles together to loosen up. Still, when I set out to run, it was still tight. So I took it slow.

The calf is still tight and I hope I didn't do any damage to my legs today but the run turned out to be great. I definitely improved my time. Of course, the weather was delightful and I'm sure that helped a lot.

I love seeing progress.

The scale is still showing little progress and I know I'm just driving myself crazy by stepping on the darn thing every day. I just keep waiting for that day when it drops. Keep hoping it's today. It's never today.

I've been doing great with the eating, though right now in my apartment, I have two things that could set me up for a downfall. One: A co-worker gave me this huge box of M&Ms as a thank-you gift. The good thing is it's so pretty (there are 12 different colors of M&Ms in little boxes) that I'd hate to eat it and ruin the effect. Hopefully that will keep me out of the box. Then today, a friend gave me two homemade brownies. I have wrapped them up and put them in the back of the freezer where I will hopefully forget about them (ha!).

I was happy to run today because I have this "thing" about running on the first day of the month. Whenever I do, the month ends up being a good one for running. It's all mental. But I hope this means October will be as successful as September was.

Here's to a good month!

1 comment:

  1. Diana, I learned something about a year ago that solved all my (many) calf problems, and I hope it might help you. Stretching an overly tight calf is not necessarily helpful, because it's probably all knotted up and it can just make your muscles resist and knot up more. What you really need to do is massage your calves like crazy to get all the knots out. A roller helps, but the best way is to lie on your back with your knees bent and put one calf on the opposite knee. Then you can rub the calf on the knee until you find a painful spot and either rub it or just hold it there until it relaxes a bit. If it's incredibly painful then be gentle, but as you work out the knots you will be amazed at the difference. It might take a few days of diligence to get some of them. Good luck!