Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Biker Chick?

So I'm still not a runner yet. I started off walking before I started the Couch to 5k program and I've yet to be able to start the running. Since the beginning I've had painful cramping in my leg. It used to be that I could walk out the cramp fairly quickly and continue on, not anymore. I would tough it out and hobble my way home.

Then we went away on out trip and I took a week off. When I restarted my other leg, that I had considered my "good" leg started cramping and going numb after the cramp would finally release. I tried walking through that and still a couple of weeks later it is not better. I took more time off and searched the internet, hoping to find a stretching routine that would help. I swear the internet is only there to scare you when you're looking up health related things. One list had 260 item where leg cramps and pain were a symptom. I'm pretty sure that I don't have all 260 of them. I know what I really need to do is call my doctor and get myself checked out.

But in the mean time I have discovered that I really enjoy riding my bike and my legs will not scream at me when I do. Maybe I should give up the idea of running and take up biking instead? One of the truly cool sounds on this Earth is the sound of a bike tire whooshing against the road.

Oh and all four of our tomato plants are "in the family way" as my father would say.


  1. I always have problems with my calves cramping when I jog. Its really odd...if I walk, I'm fine..if I RUN, I'm fine, but with jogging...they're just not happy.

    I would suggest doing some light walking to kind of warm things up, then stretch your calves/legs.

    Also, maybe try eating bananas before you exercise. Sometime cramps are caused by a lack of potassium.

    Ultimately, even biking is good! :-)

  2. I always get sore ankles when I run, and it's probably because my ankles could do with a bit of strengthening. Unfortunately, the only kind of exercise I dislike more than running is biking. I think I got soured on it when I attempted to ride my bike to work, and the hill at the very end did me in. Biking on the flat, that's my style!