My softball career may be shorter lived than I originally anticipated. While I enjoy playing, my primary motivation in doing so was to incorporate a different type of workout into my schedule–to improve my fitness. What has happened though, is that my injuries/ailments from the games are inhibiting my workouts during the rest of the week! In our first game (technically first two games because we play double headers) two weeks ago, I caught a lot of balls with my shins, one of which was directly on the shin bone, making it painful to run. I even had trouble doing yoga that week because I couldn’t do any positions in which the front of my calves touched the mat!
This Tuesday, during my first run around the bases (that makes it sound like I hit a home run. I didn’t. I got to first by
accidentally hitting the ball six inches in front of me bunting, and the guy behind me had a great hit that sent us home,) I felt this awful burning in my left quadriceps. I tried to stretch it out, massage it a bit, but by the end of the night I was limping. (In this league, girls and guys have to alternate batting, and we had just enough girls that night; if I had stopped playing mid-game, as I would have preferred, our team would have had a major handicap…although that might not have been the worst thing, considering we won the second game 23-0. :-D)
Walking back to the car…
Andrew: “Do you want me to pick you up?”
Catherine: “Hah. No. I think I can make it.”
Andrew: “I mean drive the car back here to get you… not carry you to the car.”
Catherine: “Oh. Right.”
On the way home he reached over and patted my leg sympathetically, and I almost started crying. The entire top of my left leg felt inflamed–from two inches above my knee to a few inches below my hip, six inches wide across the top/side of my thigh–it all hurt to the touch. I iced it that night, took an Aleve (which, by the way, gave me some cah-razy dreams,) and in the morning it felt better, but not run-able. Since then I have been limited to taking walks and lifting weights–but nothing with my legs–in terms of workouts.
My point is, the sport that I thought would be a great addition to my fitness routine is actually causing me to have fewer and less quality workouts. I like softball, but I love running, and if the two can’t coexist for me, the former is getting cut quicker than I would if there were tryouts for this softball team.
I am going to attempt an easy run this morning; my quad is still feeling slightly sore, but mostly healed. Wish me luck!
Oh no! It did sound like softball was kinda brutal despite being super fun… Good luck with the run, taking it easy for a while may be the best bet if it’s still playing up 🙂
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