Last Saturday, I decided to get in a stairs workout between two of my sons' baseball games. I was worried about my right calf, though, as I had a mild pull in it from softball. But I went ahead, deciding to stretch my vulnerable calf every 100 stairs or so. It worked like a charm, or so I thought. My ailing right calf got through the workout just fine - in fact, better than fine.
The reason I picked up a limp is that I didn't stretch my other calf. I did the same quick pre-climb stretching I always do, and got the same post-stair calf soreness I usually get. My left calf was sore...but my right calf actually felt fine (hence the limp).
The moral of this story is that stretching really does work when you do it. Next time I go stair climbing, I'm going to stretch both calves, before, during and after.
Eating update: My "count everything/no steps back" approach is very promising. I was down another .8 pounds, but more importantly my confidence is soaring. I'll do a big write-up about this soon.
Have a great Memorial Day weekend. And don't forget to stretch!