I have just got off the physio's portable table, where for the past hour my right lower leg was put through the most torturous regime it's ever experienced. Mrs Dan loved every minute of my agonising yells and screams and sat chatting to Mr Physio about muscles and joints etc during the torture session. At one stage I was asked,
"Can you rate the pain on a one to ten scale Dan?" he said
"TEN!" I yelled
"That's the equivalent to seven on a normal person" said Mrs Dan! It's true....I am a bit of a wuss when it comes to pain.
I had a very interesting discussion with him about what my routine is when I go for a run, as he was keen to find out why my calves were giving me so much grief. I told him I ran in the mornings. "What do you eat before going out?" - "Small bowl of porridge" I replied and he looked at me with a knowing look. "That could be the route of your problem".... this is the theory....
He explained that as I ate only 20 min before going out, oats being a slow release foodstuff meant that all the blood and instructions to my body were to go and digest the food in my stomach, thereby denying my legs the benefit of good blood flow. He suggested trying a "power juice" before going out and seeing as I'm now the proud owner of a juicer I was instructed to juice a third of a cucumber, two sticks of celery and a lemon and swallow a spoon of honey with it before going out. This would give my body enough fuel to cope with my run and distribute blood and oxygen to my legs where it was needed.
"AAaaaghhhhhhhh!!!!!" I yelled, as he found the most painful knot in a muscle in my leg. "Jeeeeeeeeeeeeeez!" It was getting hard to chat.
I've been told to rest up for two days to give my newly massaged calf a chance to recover from the torture and then go out and run. I'll try this, as well as the new power juice and see what happens. Keep your fingers crossed for me. Mrs Dan has bought me some new snazzy running gear which has had to lie fallow for the past week, so I'm looking forward to stepping out in my fluorescent yellow Karrimor long sleeved top and light grey jogging bottoms!