Over the last year or so, I have become very interested in fitness and strength training. Unfortunately, since I am in my early 40s, my body doesn’t always seem to want to cooperate with what I feel it should be able to do.
On Saturday I was almost finished my workout. I just had a few more sets of dumbbell squats and box jumps to complete. But as I started to squat down, I felt an intense pain in my right thigh. It felt like a bad cramp or what is sometimes called a charlie horse.
I tried to complete the set, but it still hurt. Feeling dejected and frustrated that I didn’t complete the entire workout, I limped to my car and drove home.
The next morning, my thigh still hurt so I decided not to play in my weekly pickup soccer game. I rested yesterday as well, but today I am scheduled to workout again with back squats as part of the routine.
Since it still doesn’t feel quite right, I’m conflicted about what to do. Last fall I developed elbow tendonitis in my left forearm and it nagged me for months. Eventually I got a cortisone shot in January which really helped. I would like to avoid a similar situation with this thigh. However, I’m hesitant to go to the doctor because of the expense, and because I am fairly sure that he will just tell me I need to rest it.
I don’t want to rest! But I guess that it what I have to do…