Happy Morning and Good Friday! When I tell you I really gave every single ounce of my being on that treadmill last night, I really mean it! I went to they gym right after a dreadful doctor appointment (I showed up fully dressed in workout gear so that I could go straight from there to minimize any chance to reconsider). Once I made it safely inside the building, there was no chance of escape so I quickly got myself to a treadmill before the demons in my head started talking.
The best way to describe my first running experience of 2013:
The only difference is that I did not stop after two minutes. I forced my ass to finish 30 minutes of HIIT and it.was.miserable. I’m not sure if this has happened to any of you, but once I started my ‘run/sprint’ portion of HIIT my entire body – mostly my legs- started itching uncontrollably and I couldn’t help but scratch myself. The itching was UNBEARABLE and I probably looked like a lunatic or like a person hallucinating that bugs were all over them because I couldn’t stop scratching! This has happened to me before and it’s gotten so bad that I had to just stop all together, but this time I told myself ‘too bad’ and forced myself to endure being uncomfortable. The itching would come when I started my ‘run/sprint’ part of the intervals and go away when I started to walk. Eventually, after about 10 minutes the itching stopped completely and I was able to finish my workout in peace. Hell to the yes. Take that itchy pants!
Since this has happened to me multiple times, I decided to look it up and find out what this was all about. Here is a small excerpt from an article on livestrong:
In some cases, itchy legs might be a symptom of circulation issues — if you haven’t exercised in a while, your body might not be used to it and have trouble pumping blood to your extremities because the capillaries have collapsed slightly. The process of expanding these capillaries can give the sensation of tingling or itching in your legs. Just a few sessions of regular exercise should put a stop to the itching.
In short: my fat ass is out of shape and needs to start running again.
That is all I have for you today, friends. Enjoy your weekend!