As I am still not able to go out and run, and am categorically barred from going to Crossfit, but am over the actual illness part and got an all-clear on my kidney function, I decided to at least start doing some conditioning and flexibility work at home. So I have started a P90x cycle.
I had forgotten what pain was.
Am only on day 4. As the week has progressed the horrific DOMS has progressed downwards through my body with the progression of Chest and Back day, Plyometrics, Shoulders and Arms, and the horror of the aptly named Ab Ripper every other day. It now hurts everywhere from just below my Adam's apple to just above my knees.
I am no stranger to muscle ache but really this is a whole new thing. This morning I tried in vain to get out of bed for 20 minutes and eventually had to call my children to roll me off the bed into a kneeling position. It took my 5 minutes to get out of the car. On the plus side I have done all my work standing up, which is supposedly much better for you, and I have found it surprisingly practical. On the minus side when I dropped the kids off at school I garnered more than a few odd looks and one mum whispered to me "have you poo'ed yourself?" - Actually the thought had crossed my mind, because sitting on the loo is near impossible to achieve and worse to get up from, and (TMI alert) using toliet paper is a stretch way too far.
Did a yoga session today, which I imagined would relax my aches and pains and restore my equanimity.
You do not know humiliation until you slowly topple from Twisting Half Moon to Tangled Mess on Floor and can't do a damn thing about it on the way down.
Tomorrow is Leg and Back day. Hurrah! So looking forward to 300 squats and 120 pullups. It will make me a better runner though, and, until I can go out and run, it's about all there is.
The other plus side is, of course, the huge amount of sympathy I get from my wife and children.
Right. Got that off my chest. Going to nom some more paracetamol, ibuprofen, aspirin and codeine. Hurrah for fitness!