- 6 years ago
- Wedding: May 2012
I have recently started walking/jogging in the evening with a friend. Our course is about 1.3 miles long, mostly flat, with one decent sized hill. We jog about .7 of a mile and walk the other .6 of a mile. Some background about me, I am somewhat athletic for my size. I like sports, but I have never been a great runner. I am also obese, going by my BMI of 31.7 (another reason why I want to get exercise and eat better…this isn’t a good lifestyle for me, and I’m consciously making an effort to change it).
We have jogged three times in the past six evenings. After the first jog, I didn’t stretch before or after (big mistake, I now know). During the second jog, Fiance helped me stretch beforehand. I didn’t do a great job of stretching my calves, because when I finished, I felt like someone was sticking knives through my calves. I stretched before and after.
Before tonight’s run, I spent some time stretching. During our first jogging segment, I felt pretty good. Then, midway during the second jogging stretch, I felt my left calf muscle start to ache (the right one feels absolutely fine). The muscle feels really tight. I still finished our walk/jog, but I took two extra breaks to walk in the middle of our jogging.
I want to keep this up, but with my wedding coming up in June, I’m afraid of causing any damage to my leg. We won’t go again until Friday. What should I do? Are there certain stretches I can do, should I even be jogging at all? I know that this isn’t going to make a big difference before my wedding, but these evenings are really good for me, physically and socially. Any recommendations? I have an appointment with my regular doctor early next week…should I bring this up to them?