Making a mountain, an even bigger mountain

Yesterday was a bad day. Like seriously. I had committed to doing a new run route in my area – an 8km trot up a very steep hill to our local water tower and back. It was meant to be a tester and a future route for me to practice running up hills. It ended up being a nightmare, my worst run ever.

Less than 2km in I started getting severe calf and shin cramps. I know I am unfit but this was a ridiculous pain, where it feels that I was literally tearing out my muscles in both my legs. The pain was almost unbearable to stand, let alone walk. If I stood on one leg and alleviated pressure on the other leg, the pain subsided on that leg. I decided to push on and walked slowly up the hill, hoping the pain would decrease. I found that on steep portions of the route it hurt the most, and on flatter parts the pain decreased but it was still there the whole way up the hill.

Needless to say by the time I got to the top I was seriously over it all and actually would have killed to be picked up and carried back home to my couch. Grumpy was nothing compared to how I was feeling. I was angry. Angry at myself, at my body, at the whole world. It is a super frustrating feeling. I work hard every week getting fit and pushing myself to work out, to strengthen myself and get fit but in the end my body/legs let me down yesterday.

After doing some research on the ‘net I realise I may be pushing myself to hard, So  for the rest of this week I will be toning down my workouts in prep for my upcoming 10km on Sunday. I need to stay hydrated, and stretch properly before and after my workouts to avoid getting further cramps and spasms. I also need to learn to perhaps not push myself too hard.

This is just the beginning of my fitness journey. I have never been fit before, so to expect my body to miraculously be fit in a matter of a few short months is a bit unrealistic.

What matters is that I keep going forward and keep working on getting fit, happy and healthy. I will get there eventually, and I want to get there so I need to keep my eye on the prize at the end.

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