It was finally time last night to go lift at the gym. My night schedule had cleared, and my Achilles tendon no longer throbbed while walking up stairs. Since I would like to run sometime this year, I needed to go strengthen my leg muscles, as I believe that weak calf muscles are somewhat to blame for my condition (when the calf muscles are weak, the tendon has to work more).
Stretching out felt like I was in Dark Knight Returns (...every muscle aches, screaming in pain… I’m such an old man). I arrived at the gym and instantly wanted to run away; it is the only place where people dress in sweats yet do their hair, put on makeup, and spray themselves down with cologne/perfume (and I have seen guys in makeup there).
A brisk walking pace on the treadmill for a mere five minutes began that familiar burning in my tendon, so I stopped my warm-up prematurely. It was time to hit the weights. Leg curls, toe raises, and leg lifts were all on the menu, causing me to walk out of the place looking like a Crumb comic character…
I want to race at least once in 2004. Hopefully, this will help get me there.
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