Okay, I cannot tell a lie….yesterday was miserable. My legs, actually just my quads, felt like they were filled with lead or sand or something really heavy. No other part of my body ached, but the upper, front portion of my legs. My abs were fine. My arms were fine. But my quads were screaming at me yesterday, asking, "What the heck did you do to us and what did we ever to do you to deserve this misery?"
Darn boot camp.
The pain all started late Saturday evening. I must have finally come down from my exercise high. I could feel my quad muscles stiffening up and getting real tight. Every time I would sit down, as if I was going to do a squat, it would just hurt and kind of burn. But not like a real pain hurt, but a "wow, I worked the crap out my muscles hurt." You know, THAT kind. The OMG I do actually have muscles in that part of my body hurt.
Sunday morning when I woke up I thought I was going to die. And the worst part was, Sunday is my laundry day. I don’t do laundry during the week, but instead, save it all up for Sundays. Stupid, I know. Do you want to know where my washer and dryer are? Yep, in the basement. Yep, up and down and up and down and up and down. Yep, it hurt. I don’t know how many trips I made up and down my stairs yesterday, but I will tell you this….one was too many.
What was weird to me is that going down the stairs is what hurt the most. I actually didn’t mind walking up. It kind of stretched the muscles, which felt somewhat good. Somewhat. Throughout the day, I kept stretching my legs out, trying to work out the ache out of my muscles. I drank tons of water and three bottles of a vitamin-enhanced fitness drink mix that I made with water. It was grape-flavored and sugar-free and actually tasted really good. I think the brand was Fulfill. Anyway, I had lots of fluids and even tossed back a few ibuprofen, which didn’t seem to do much at all.
Last night, after my husband and I got home from walking around our mall, Walmart and Menards for nearly three hours, I finally got the bright idea to rub my quad muscles with BioFreeze. Yes, that felt AWESOME. Biofreeze is basically like Icy/Hot or BenGay. It is what I used for training and for the event during the Susan G. Komen 3-Day, 60-Mile Breast Cancer Walk. I love the stuff…all of it…BenGay, Icy/Hot and BioFreeze. It’s all good.
This morning, I managed to work out with my fitness buddy, Tina, but I focused on upper body exercises and ab work. I didn’t do one single solitary squat or lunge. Thank goodness. I am planning on running after work today, though. I need to get my running in. It will be interesting to see how it goes.
Oh, and I also got an e-mail from Tina letting me know she signed us up for next Saturday’s boot camp class…30 minutes of boot camp and 60 minutes of spin class. God, help me!
I can’t wait.
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