Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Lunch with Dad & Muscle Cramps

My dad (who by the way was an amazing sprinter back in high school) came up to visit with some of his friends today -- a neat surprise. We went to an Irish Pub for lunch and I had a wonderful salmon with capers, and double order of veggies instead of rice pilaf. 

I practiced great restraint, because trust me, I love rice pilaf! I did so well with carbs today that I treated myself to almost a whole bag of microwave popcorn with extra butter... which I ate while soaking away my aches from tonight's workout and run (in a Lavendar bath soak).

Tonight's run on the treadmill went better than yesterday endurance-wise (Max heart rate was 182 today versus 188 yesterday). I repeated the 2min run:1min walk routine from yesterday since I had such difficulties. 

My tongue actually remained in my mouth at all times, and I started to feel like I had a good stride. However, between minute 13 and 14, I got a major left shin cramp. No matter what I did, I couldn't shake it out while running. So unfortunately, I had to stop running until the cramp subsided. Five minutes later though, I was golden and could run on it with no problems. But, man, was it an uncomfortable feeling.

Tonight's treadmill run (2.33 miles)
00:00-15:00 -- 2 min run (at 5.8mph, 1% incline), 1 min walk (at 3.2mph, 1% incline)
15:00-19:00 -- walking at 3.0mph (cramp)
19:00-30:00 -- 2 min run (at 5.8mph, NO incline), 1 min walk (at 3.2mph, NO incline)
Total run: 18 min, Walk: 12 min

Net Carbs: 20grams
Weight: -5 lbs.
Other Workout: Cardio for an hour in the Group Groove class.


  1. Great job passing up the rice pilaf! I love it too. YUM! I'm glad your shin cramp worked itself out so you could finish your run. Have a great week!

  2. Way to go on the running! Remember though your body needs good carbs to have good runs.

  3. Thanks guys. I am eating SOME carbs, but I'd like my body to burn off some of the many stored carbs I have too -- around my mid-section, my hips... :-) I had a much better run today. Post coming soon!

  4. I to have problems with lower leg pain/shin splints/etc. I've have good success with compression sleeves. Check out my blog where I talk about what works for me.

  5. 7 Eights Sane, I will certainly check out your blog! Thanks.