Wednesday, December 28, 2011

The Nerve of nerves....

After a looong period of being ill then holiday gluttony, on Dec 27 I was 500% motivated to burn off the l-b-s and I felt i-n-v-i-n-c-i-b-l-e.....

I started the morning off with 1 hour of bootcamp (which we did lots of lunges) then a 2 mile run. Then in the evening I did a 4 mile run right before another 1 hr of bootcamp. I felt great, and my muscles had very minimal soreness. 

10 minutes into my 2nd session of bootcamp I stepped to do a forward lunge and my Right  leg collapsed. I gathered myself, and tried again, my left leg was able to do a lunge, however when my right leg stepped forward to lunge, instead of flexing, my quad would completely relax, causing me to lose my balance.

It was odd because I felt no pain or weakness in my leg. I was able to do squats, climb stairs, extensions, flexion. I had a full range of movement. 

I massaged it with a roller, and completed the remaining 40 minutes of bootcamp substituting squats for lunges. 

After bootcamp, I had another 1 hour of yoga. I debated on not going, but I thought yoga would help, and it did. I was able to do the warrior pose, which is pretty much a lunge. 

What I discovered, was probably due to my sudden increase in exercise my muscles were a bit swelled which pressed on the nerve and all the lunges from the morning plus a total of a 6 mile run, my quads and hips were tired. So, as I tried to do another lunge, my femoral nerve fired as a defense mechanism causing the muscle to completely relax in-order to protect my quads from straining or worse, tearing. 

Its a little wake-up call when your body actually prevents you from doing something because it knows something bad is about to happen. 

often time people say, mind over body.. well this time the body won. 

--the aftermath--
After a epsom salt bath, a night of rest and more yoga, my leg is fine now, and able to do lunges again. 



  1. That's a crazy amount of working out! I was pleased with my hike yesterday, you're putting me to shame! Although, sounds like you need to be careful not to overdo it.

  2. Thanks Jess :-D I'm guilty of the terrible too's.. (Too much, too fast)

    I am slowing down the workouts until my body gets stronger again, just 1 run and 1 session of bootcamp a day instead of 2.