The Doom of DOMS

Good morning!

I hope everyone had a lovely Halloween.


I’m incredibly happy to say that I found a new groomer for Niko who I absolutely LOVE. I didn’t feel worried/concerned/aprehensive at all dropping her off, due to the friendly demeaners and smiley faces of the employees, and the wide open grooming and dog playing area.  I think Niko liked it, too (though maybe not the Halloween bars part Winking smile)

I’m also happy to say that our neighborhood trick-or-treaters completely demolished our stash of candy last night.


We may have even had to turn off our porch light early, thanks to Shane and me saying a quick “trick or treat” and swiping a Snickers (his choice) or a Twix (my choice) every 10 minutes. I loves my Twix Smile 

I was hoping to use the abundance of sugar and carbs from candy last night to fuel a run this morning, but as soon as I stepped one foot out of the bed, I knew that was not going to happen, thanks to a killer leg day workout that left my lower body muscles in pain today.


Yep, I’m talkin’ about DOMS.

Dom, d’dom dom dommmms.

Damn doms.

Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness.

It makes me a little (ok a lot) stabby.

Yeah, yeah, I know a lot of fitness crazies LOVE the feeling of DOMS – it makes ya feel like you really worked your muscles. I get it – I just don’t share the love in it. Lucky for you, I filmed a little video on why I have such a fiery hatred for DOMS.

It makes me hurty, messes with my workout plans for that day, and makes me a hungry beast – to the point of annoyance.


This is one of the more extreme cases of DOMS that I’ve felt in a while after my lower body workout the other day. The day after a heavy leg day, I always feel grumpy, but two days after, and I feel SORE.  Baring teeth smile

Whenever I have DOMS from lower body work, I’ll always avoid higher impact cardio (i.e. running) that day. So instead, I’ll likely just hop on the elliptical and have a pedal and read session with my Kindle.

But before I do that, I must eat all the foods!!


I took this picture yesterday (because it’s what I had for breakfast then, too) but it’s a repeat today. Two slices of Ezekiel toast with Justin’s maple almond butter and banana. So good and so simple. I’m digging the simple foods lately Smile

Your turn:

DOMS: love it or hate it?

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  1. I am with the majority that love DOMS because it makes me feel like I really took my body to a new level and wasn’t just “going through the motions.” I definitely understand and don’t enjoy the way that it can throw off my other workouts or plans and make some things more difficult (like raising my arms above my head or walking) 😉 but overall, I’m a believer!
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  2. Love it because it means I worked hard, hate it because pain isn’t enjoyable. :-p I was feeling them myself earlier in the week!
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  3. I did a killer strength session yesterday that left me eating everything in site that day and sleeping through my alarm this morning – my body just needed a break! I am happily taking a rest day today to recover!
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  4. Oh I love love loooove DOMS! Unless it’s in my abdominal region because then it hurts to laugh and I’m always laughing sooo..that part kinda stinks :p

    Niko’s little pig tails are too cute btw!

  5. Love this post! I am a fan of DOMS because I know I worked hard! Love Niko’s bows! I luckily found a groomer I love too! It’s so nice to not have to worry so much when you leave them!
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  6. Love it and miss it! I stepped back from intense workouts lately and miss feeling sore. Which sounds crazy!
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  7. Ah, mixed feelings. I DO like knowing that I worked my body HARD, but, like you, I hate how it impedes on the next day or two. Sometimes I have other workout moves I want to do, or ahh especially legs–I’ll feel it with EVERY single step!

    Today, I, too, will probably have to do the hop on the elliptical with a book or podcast and just plug away so I MOVE. Oh well!
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  8. Call me crazy, but I LOVE DOMS. Its just such a satisfying feeling. Like I actually PUSHED myself and did real work. Dont get me wrong, I dont wanna feel sore everyday. But there’s nothing wrong with a few times a week 😉
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  9. I love doms because it makes me feel really accomplished, I hate doms because of the soreness I feel! Its a love hate relationship we have! Love Niko’s bows!
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  10. I love your dog! So cute!!

    I actually have one client who tells me if she ever feels sore the day after a workout, she’s never coming back…. haha. It certainly makes my job tough, especially when she takes an extended period of time off :S

    I always used to get really bad DOMS (lasting 3-4 days) after a leg workout, but since I’ve started riding my bike every day – No DOMS! Try doing some gentle cardio for 10-15 minutes after a leg workout and see if it helps :)
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  11. I don’t mind DOMS from yoga, because it’s usually more in my back and chest and I can still function normally, but I had it when my legs or so sore I dread walking, or going to the bathroom, haha. I have crazy DOMS in my chest and shoulders right now too, and I’m pretty much over it. So I guess the answer is: hate it :)
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  12. I agree with you woman! Especially when I’m training and running I hate how sometimes when I’m take a circuit training day to strengthen it does seriously mess with me! I have no choice..I have to run, so pushing through the soreness succcccckkkssss
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  13. UGH, my legs HATE me today! I have DOMS so badly today. I ran like a beast yesterday and it shows! I opted for a light cardio today myself for this very fact. I don’t mind feeling muscles a day after a workout, but DOMS (especially to an extreme), no, I’m not a fan. I’m doing a lot of desk work today so I have to keep getting up to move around a bit to keep things moving.
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  14. Definitely a love hate relationship! I love knowing that I pushed my muscles, but HATE feeling like I can’t (or just don’t want to) push it as hard the next day!
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  15. I’m not huge on DOMS either. I don’t like how it affects my training and especially since it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s doing more than if it wasn’t there. I really discourage people from looking for it after every. single. workout.

  16. I’m not a fan either. I like to be a little sore, but not the the point where I get DOMS. I agree.. I am starving when I get DOMS too, which is really an annoyance! I need to pick your brain sometime about training. :)
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  17. Niko is soooo adorable! I love cute dogs. I think we only had like 20 trick or treaters! Can you believe that! I’m glad they took out your bowl for ya! (: I’ll be eating whoppers forever!
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  18. Definitely depends on how severe the case is! If I’m feeling sore enough to take a light cardio day, then that’s usually fine. But if I’m so sore that I feel like I can barely walk up the stairs and am waddling around like a crazy person, not ok. Those Doms are not fun!
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  19. Your dog is SO adorable. I LOVE the little orange bows. Also, I love that simple combo of nut butter, toast and banana. I have yet to try the maple almond butter, but it sounds soooo good!!
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  20. Oh my goodness! Your fur baby is so stinking cute!! 😀
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  21. Depends on the severity. I seem to live with a slight case of the DOMS pretty much all the time because of so much training variation, but the “oh, lord, I can’t walk” DOMS is no fun for anyone. I usually only get that after a race.

    A mild case of DOMS just reminds you that you train and you train with variation, and that’s good, that’s like a badge of honor. If you never get DOMS under any circumstances, then you need to reevaluate your training and consider mixing it up.

    Running seems to get me every time. I run one to three times a week and every time it makes my butt, hammies and calves sore. I keep expecting that to change….
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  22. Oh, and LOVE your dog! I’m a big fan of all pooches. Have two of my own.
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  23. I laughed at the e-card–it describes me perfectly haha
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