A blog by a guy named Chris who writes about running. Usually trail running--often at the ultramarathon distance. See you on the trails.
"Only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far they can go." -T.S. Eliot
"Pain is inevitable; suffering is optional." -Dalai Lama
"The human foot is a masterpiece of engineering and a work of art." -Leonardo da Vinci
Friday, April 27, 2012
Mt Baldy Healed My Calf
For the last few weeks, maybe months, I've struggled with a left calf strain. Last week I went to California with two friends to hike various hills and mountains. Maybe a little beach running too. I was worried my calf would not get me up Mt Baldy (10,000+ feet). Uphill running, or hiking, can be brutal on a hurt calf. To make a long story short, I made it to the peak on the first hike of the trip! We climbed almost 6,000 feet in about 6.5 miles. Trudged through long sections that had over 2 feet of snow, suffered warm and sunny conditions with less water than we needed. All three of us made it to the top and back down. My calf behaved. The next morning I felt great. The rest of the hikes went similarly well for me. I think Mt Baldy healed my calf! Is that possible? I'm back in Illinois and short runs are going well. I have a new treatment for hurt calves...don't baby them, beat the hell out of them on a big old mountain!