Unconditioned Workouts = Soreness?
I've heard tons of coaches tell me when I'm sore, that the more you work while you're sore, the better you'll become.
And I've heard many people and seen websites that said you should NOT work out fully again until the sore muscles healed.
I'm not sure which one is true but I have my doubts about the first idea.
Last year in track, I was dead sore for the entire six months of the season because every day was a workout. There was no such thing as rest; just a lighter workout. And those 'rest days' are six miles in 20 degree windy weather. Every day after track I figured I might as well get my legs amputated.
But even with the constant soreness, I could tell I was getting stronger. The year before my first track season, I couldn't run two laps around without having to stop. By the end of the season, I could run forever, I never had to stop. But every time I did a hard workout, I could feel my muscles were so damaged, it made me inconsistent. One day I was so injured I wouldn't last long, and some days I wouldn't feel tired at all.
Now today, after six track-free months, all I had was simple workouts in gym class (squats, leg curls, leg extensions, calf raises, power runners). I was sore for a max of a few days, but it was no big deal and I was gradually getting stronger. I also worked my legs from time to time.
But tonight I went to my TKD class after 2 months, doing some CRAZY leg exercises. My partner reaches for his ankles and I have to push my hands on his back and jump over him - 90 times. Then he goes stomach down on the ground and I have to jump side to side over him with only one leg, 30 times for each foot. And some other stuff.
Throughout the workout my thighs kept locking up and my calves kept cramping. You ever had that fiery, searing pain in your legs and that heavy feeling that won't let you lift your foot? That's what it felt like. I was dying slowly.
By the end of the workout, I was having a nauseating feeling, on the brink of passing out. You know that feeling where you're all dizzy and there white spots everywhere and you feel faint? Like a metallic rod is lodged through your legs and your calves stiffen everytime you lift your foot. Not to mention that headsplitting migraine and heavy feeling in the chest.
Why did I get so sore after working out every single day for two months? I didn't work out for two months in my TKD school, so was that particular workout too much for my body to handle at the time? The workouts in gym class were simply pushing out and in as a lateral movement, or curling up and down. But the workout in TKD class was side to side, different angles, up and down, etc. And it was implementing leg strength and endurance at the same time. Could it have been that I wasn't conditioned to the particular exercise?
And also, how the hell am I going to recover from this soreness in the most efficient way? Workouts like these are hard to come by and I want to take advantage of it. During track season, my diet was crap and I didn't recover that well in between workouts. What's the best way to recover my legs and what foods should I eat now that I'm sore as hell?