Monday, January 26, 2009

Dealing with DOMS

I should have known to plan a REST day after a long run. Did I actually think I would be up to working out this morning after a long run yesterday... the longest distance since my half marathon last spring?

Right.

I am suffering a bit from DOMS, Delayed Onset of Muscle Soreness, as my muscles are a bit more sore now than they were 24 hours ago. For the most part, the soreness left behind from my 7-miler yesterday is a good kind of sore.... the kind us sicko runners enjoy. Most of my soreness is in my quads, which makes me really happy.. happy it's not related to my knees.

However, my left calf is a bit tender, as if I might have tweaked a muscle. The weird part.... POM is struggling from the same darn issue in the same exact spot! Now I have a name to put with that muscle... Soleus.

Tomorrow I plan to hit up the pool for some nice speed work. I have been looking for some good workouts for the pool, something different from just swimming my 2000 meters. I have found a handful and look forward to trying one out tomorrow!

Happy Monday, y'all!

18 comments:

BeachRunner said...

Nice. DOMS is your reward for a workout well done. Refuel, recharge and rest up for the next round, Teachy.

Viv said...

That soreness is such a bitter sweet reward, let's u know it is working right.

Take care of that claf the medius soleus is the one I tore over Thanksgiving and I have now been off running for 8 weeks and cycling for 4. Please listen to it and take care hun....squats hits up that muscle as well.

teacherwoman said...

Thank you Viv for your words of advice. Good to know. I am going to swim tomorrow and if it is still present Wednesday morning I will just be biking a bit.

N.D. said...

Swimming should be a good way to stretch your calf out!! Enjoy!! I teach math. And it changes daily!!

Stef said...

Nice job! My schedule typically calls for either a rest day or a swim or a really easy trainer spin after a long run. Frankly I prefer a rest day! :-)

Have a great week!

Michelle said...

I want to feel some DOMS!!!!

:O(

Soon, i hope!!!

Take care of yourself TW!!!

aron said...

hope it feels better soon!!!

Melanie said...

yikes, take care of yourself, yes, it's a reward for working hard, but you're a smart lady... just listen to your body.

MJ said...

You might want to try some arnica gel.... it's awesome for sore muscles. Cheers,

Blyfinn said...

I love the post workout soreness also. My wife does not understand.

Lisa Slow-n-Steady said...

Make sure you stretch sufficiently after your runs.

Rest and recover for now. :-)

Laurel said...

Ooh, I hope your calf heals up soon. I had a serious case of DOMS after my 16 miler on Saturday. I was getting weird pains in the calves every time I walked down the stairs on Sunday. But our right, at least it's not my knees (or IT band).

kelsalynn said...

Oh shit, I've been experiencing DOMS for the past week... lol! I love that acronym, sorry it's probably common knowledge or something and I've just never heard it.

Anyway, being sore probably means you had an awesome workout and worked those muscles in a way they're not used to... try to relax and loosen your muscles a bit, it will help.

I Run for Fun said...

Take care of that calf. Hope it feels better. And enjoy your swimming. What speed workout do you use? Can you share, please?

IronGambit said...

I think that you need to update your song!

D10 said...

I've had a problem with my calf as well. Don't push things, take it easy.

Wes said...

That knot on my calf can get real tender sometimes.

P.O.M. said...

I love DOMS but def hate this stupid calf thing.

I am gonna try that Arnica stuff - see what happens.