On my last few runs my right calf has been killing me and my knees have not been so happy either. If you can imagine a knife being stabbed into your calf and your knees hitting bricks then that is what it feels like when I run. Lots of run, right? Yet I keep going. Why? I keep going because it allows me to eat and drink and not gain weight. My knees are not good anyways and I know this. I was told on my last knee surgery that I would be lucky to get 10 years out of my knees before I would need both of them replaced. If I gain weight the added weight hurts my knees. If I run and workout that hurts my knees too but I also feel that running and working out helps strengthens them too. So I am either overweight and my knees hurt or I am healthy and my knees hurt. I choose the second option.
Okay back to my calf hurting. I couldn’t figure out what exactly was causing it. While in Wisconsin I thought it might have to do with the hills. It doesn’t feel like I torn anything but it just burns and hurts when I run. It doesn’t hurt when I am walking or not working out.
While up north all I did was run, I didn’t do any insanity. My first run back here since vacation and it was feeling better. I am thinking that my calf problem is linked to the insanity. There is so much jumping around in insanity that I think it is just putting too much strain on my calf and knees. So the obvious solution is to dial it down some. Solution – I am swapping out my insanity for my Jillian Michaels for a while. I am hoping that if I keep moving forward with running and Jillian that I will be able to get back into insanity soon. I don’t want to give up on it but I also don’t want to end up hurting myself either. So I think I need to work up to it. Insanity is officially on the back burner now.
I did Jillian Michaels Ripped in 30 today. My calf felt much better and my knees are not screaming as much as after insanity. I hope this is the solution I need right now. I am also thinking I might need to go back in and have my knees checked out again. It has been 3 years since my first knee surgery. I am really hoping that I will get another 6-7 years out of them.
Why can’t I just be a natural born runner that is tall and lean with long legs?