I hope someone here has some advice or words of encouragement for me.
I started exercising about 2 months ago, and I have been loving it. I do strength training with a trainer 2 days a week, and try to get in at least 3 other days of cardio. I'm already seeing so much more definition in some of my muscles, and feeling SO energized.
Here's my problem...My calves
. I did all this testing at my gym that is supposed to tell you what your individual resting metabolic rate is, and different zones to get your heart rate to during cardio. (They have you wear this freaky mask and it is supposed to measure CO2 output at rest and on the treadmill). Unfortunately, when I walk on the treadmill, I CAN'T get my heart rate up to the level they suggest because my darn calves start hurting so bad I can't even continue. What the heck???
Is it lactic acid? Will it get better if I keep trying to push myself? Even when I walk at a lower heart rate than suggested, I still get winded and a great sweat going. Do I just need to be patient and listen to my body? Egads, if I had never had all that EXPENSIVE, personalized testing, I wouldn't be frustrated with what I'm doing, I'd be proud!!