What is the Soleus? (Recipe: Garlic Chicken)

Joe may become my new BFF.  Joe is my chiropractor who I have been going to for MFRs. He can work some crazy magic on muscles. I went for another session yesterday.  Apparently, I have somehow really done some damage to my legs because yesterday hurt like CRAZY.  My goodness!  Just over an hour felt like an eternity!

First, he said my calves were EXTREMELY tight (believe me, I could feel how tight they were).  Particularly, the soleus muscle–yeah, that tiny muscle right there.  Holy mackerel! I definitely yelped when he put pressure on that sucker.  AND he did applied pressure multiple times on that muscle on both legs!  My eyes must have been bugging out a little because he just kept repeating, “Deep breaths.  You are winning Boston.”  I liked that last one, but oh my did it hurt!

Then he said I really “beat up” my hamstrings, and he wanted to know what I had changed about my running the last two weeks.  Literally, the only thing I have changed is my mileage.  I upped it.  Okay, so I upped it by more than I probably should have.  But that’s it!  It shouldn’t have taken that large of a toll on my hamstrings!

I also have scar tissue build up.  The spots he pointed out and worked on are definitely the tender ones when I foam roll.  Sheesh–I’m getting old!  Last, my shins hadn’t made much of an improvement over the last two weeks.  Bleh.

Needless to say, this marathon training is DEFINITELY not going according to plan.  I took pain-free runs for granted during my first marathon training .  The worst I had was a bloody toe on one run that bled through both my sock and shoe (my shoes were too small).  Now, it feels like I am constantly battling uphill to run this marathon.  And I keep getting farther behind.  It isn’t like I can just jump into a 20-miler if I have to take 3 weeks off for this to heal!  But when life throws you a curve-ball, hit a home run! I will be running this marathon to the best of my ability come April 15th!

And Joe did leave me with words of encouragement: “We will keep you running.  Don’t worry.”  Well, I am a little worried, but I am glad that he seems to be on my side with all of this and not telling me to cancel the marathon or take months off from running.

Today I did a 3.25 mile tempo run.  I wasn’t in too much pain, but it wasn’t completely gone.  I am thinking I will take Thursday and Friday off in preparation for a longer run on Saturday.

I have been able to do some non-running activities to keep my spirits up thanks to Kim!  I got a week-long trial pass to her gym, so we did yoga last Saturday, spinning on Monday and boot camp on Tuesday!   Thursday we are going to do a Power Flow Yoga class!  So fun!  Boot camp was a little intense, I’m not gonna lie.  It’s just a different type of exercise that I’m not used to.  Tonight (Wednesday), Jessica and I are doing a Vertical Core class at the Madison Rec Center.  And then on Thursday, my high school bestie Anna arrives for a visit! Ah! Can’t wait!!  I hope she is ready for some cold weather!  Today is the first day we have hit double digits since Saturday afternoon!  It was -7 on my way to the gym yesterday (without the wind chill).  I didn’t even know my car could register negative temperatures until Sunday!!  But it will be warmer before we know it just like I’ll be running this marathon before I know it!

So, how about some garlic chicken for dinner?

Garlic Chicken & Corn

Garlic Chicken


– 2 tbsp EVOO

– 4 cloves garlic, minced

– 2 tbsp packed light brown sugar

– 1 tbsp lemon juice

– 4 skinless, boneless chicken breasts (I used tenderloins)


– Heat 2 tbsp EVOO in a small skillet over medium heat.  Add the garlic and cook, stirring frequently, until lightly golden.  Remove from the heat and stir in the brown sugar and lemon juice.

– Arrange chicken in a baking dish, season with salt and pepper, and drizzle with the garlic mixture.  Bake until chicken is cooked through (15-18 minutes).  Drizzle chicken with the pan juices before serving.

Adapted from the Food Network

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1 Response to What is the Soleus? (Recipe: Garlic Chicken)

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