I just Googled “easily injured muscles vitamin deficiency”—and by the way, I can hear my kids saying “Oh, Mom, that’s your answer to everything now, isn’t it?” And the answer is yes. Sue me.
But the first thing that popped up is a study correlating muscle injuries with vitamin D deficiency. And it has been a LONG dark winter, and I haven’t been that great lately about taking (or passing out like they are candy) vitamin D pills. So I’m hoping that explains why my calf would pop after less than half a mile of easy running—and now I hear my husband and parents saying, “Or it could just be that you’re OLD.” Yes, I am also old. But I would like to be a healthy old person who can run around doing what she wants without fear of crippling injury.
And I would also like to be able to run this triathlon relay 5K (a) at all, and (b) fast enough that I don’t let my kids down. Because I have a feeling their legs of the race are going to be fast. Like, we’re going to be in the top 10 percent of the field when the baton gets passed to me, and it would be nice if I didn’t get passed by 300 people on my way to the finish line.