Half-Marathon Mondays: My Legs Hurt

Whew, this post is getting up wayyy later than I expected. Before I talk about anything else though, I have to mention one thing.

Kerry Washington’s dress. I love it. Coral + gold is such a beautiful combo.

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I posted last week that I am going to be running in my very first half-marathon this April.

I’m on to week four of my training plan, and I decided that I would start a series about my experience with said training, which will help me document my success and failures and possibly provide some guidance for any other new racers out there.

This logo will almost definitely change (because it's not that great). I made it VERY quickly.

This logo will almost definitely change (because it’s not that great). I made it VERY quickly.

Keep in mind that this is my first big race, and it is a learning process for me! If something crazy happens and I need to do a little research, I will. If I have an opinion about racing or training, this will be my place to share it. Anything and everything half-marathon, right here, baby.

Today I’ve got to talk about something that happened to me Saturday. In the middle of the night, I woke up with crazy charley horse pains in BOTH of my legs. Talk about ouch. I wanted to scream so badly, but I have to admit what came out of my mouth sounded more like Frankenstein than anything so as not to disturb my roommates downstairs.

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When I woke up Sunday, my legs were so sore from the spasms, and they continued to ache all day. I was left wondering what caused that terrible pain and what can I do to fix it?

There are the moments in my life when I love Google. It is useful in situations such as this. Sometimes I hate Google, like when you start to type “Why do” and an auto-fill option is “Why do my nipples itch?” Hm. Ok then.

I scrolled through a bunch of sites. My answer is comprised of a few theories.

  1. I ran 7 miles on Saturday. That’s the farthest I’ve ever run, and the charley horse could be attributed to the strain on my muscles (even though I only increased my weekly distance by one mile). 
  2. I could have been dehydrated. I may need to just drink more water, specifically after workouts.
  3. My electrolytes may have been down. I might invest in some coconut water to hydrate with after long runs.
  4. I should stretch more than I do.

Do those conjectures (big word, whoop whoop!) sound right to any runners out there? I took today’s workout easy and just did some yoga. My legs still hurt today, and I’d rather be safe than sorry.

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Leg cramps aside, I felt totally awesome after completing my 7 mile run last weekend. If I felt that confident and happy after 7 miles, I can’t imagine what I’ll feel like after the actual race!  13.1 here I come 🙂 No charley horse is gonna stop this girl.

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Now I’m off to paint a special graffiti wall for a student org and then cuddle up with Sean from “The Bachelor.” 🙂 Night!

Question of the Day:

What’s the strangest thing you’ve seen on Google’s auto-search?

Do my theories about the charley horses sound right?

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3 comments

  1. I don’t drop a bunch of remarks, but i did some searching and wound up here %BLOGTITLE%. And I do have a few questions for you if you do not mind. Could it be just me or does it give the impression like a few of the responses come across like they are written by brain dead individuals? 😛 And, if you are writing at additional online sites, I’d like to follow anything new you have to post. Would you list of all of all your community pages like your Facebook page, twitter feed, or linkedin profile?

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