So, last night I skipped working out, and instead went out to Moe’s Southwestern Grill – for a dinner that was as many calories as I had planned on eating all day. Double Whammy with that one. But we are going to brush that under the rug and move on to some random pondering that have been going through my head.
My legs are usually sore. I don’t mean knee pain, although that still exists it is much less than it used to be as I have changed my running style. I mean that most mornings when I wake up, my legs are sore from running. Is this normal for a 36-year-old man attempting to increase mileage/speed? or am I over-doing it? It hasn’t been a crippling/hard to walk pain, just a soreness. In fact, after really heavy runs – I’m surprised I don’t hurt MORE the next day. As an example, I really expected to have issues walking on monday, after the Forks XV. Yet I felt good enough (still felt some soreness of course) to do 5 miles that evening.
And that’s another part of it. Usually a few hours into the day, my legs aren’t sore anymore. The kinks have been worked out so-to-speak. Now, running I can often feel that underlying soreness, and it (of course) doesn’t exist in morning or during the run if the previous day was a rest day.
I have pulled my calf a few times, strained other muscles – and it is certainly not that sort of pain.
So is this normal in a person attempting to get back into running in their late 30s? Could changes to my diet (trying to eat less crap and healthier foods) be contributing? Or is it simply that I have gone up to an 80 mile/month running habit where previously I was doing 40-50?
That is the one bummer as being an adult runner vs highschool. There is no person to go ask these questions of..