Join Date: May 2007
Location: Boston (sort of)
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I think, as most people define "sore", I'm sore all the time. Like, every single day. It's just a fact of my life.
I'm sore from biking sometimes -- traffic doesn't always give me the option of taking it easy, so I have to sprint. I'm sore from aikido frequently -- I'm just not good enough to be on the receiving end of joint locks and being thrown through the air for a couple of hours and not feel something the next day. I work in the garden and get sore from bending over or squatting down to pull weeds, I go hiking and get sore from climbing a mountain...I'm active, and I get sore. And, sometimes -- like today -- I get sore for reasons that have nothing to do with activity. I've got rheumatoid arthritis, and right now I feel like someone hit my left shoulder with a sledgehammer. It's all good, it'll be gone in a day or so.
Soreness is something you can learn to live with. You can also learn to differentiate between the many subtle variations of soreness: the "I stretched that a bit farther than I should have" sore, the "this is inflamed" sore, the "I landed on that/got whacked there really hard" sore, the "I ran all the glycogen right outta those muscles" sore, and many others. And...you can learn how to prevent some types, minimize the effects of others, and treat the damage of others. Soreness is feedback, and perversely, I regard it as a good thing.