After a short set of hill reps last Thursday, I felt a bit of an ache in my calf muscle. On Friday it hurt a little more. I tested it out on my long run on Saturday and it seemed fine – a few slight niggles but no pain as such. If there had been pain, I would have stopped.
Come Sunday and Monday, my calves felt tight so off to the physio I duly went. As suspected, I have either a slight tear or muscle strain between the soleus and the gastrocnemius. Grrr. I was told to use heat, roll, more heat.
Thursday I went for a short 5k run. During it, the twinges were still there. After the run, my calf felt tight again. Looks like I’m going to be off for a few more days. With 5 weeks to go to London Marathon, this is not ideal timing. All I can do is to continue as instructed and hope it gets better. At least it will give me plenty of time for core work and rolling.
Saturday – 17.8 miles with my fabulous running buddy Mary helping me along for the last 5 ½ miles.
Sunday – a little tired and sore from the run the day before. Core and rolling
Monday – calf was aching so decided to play safe and make a physio appointment. Core and rolling
Tuesday – core and rolling. Physio
Wednesday – core and rolling and using my hot water bottle on my calf
Thursday – tried a gentle 5k and my legs were feeling fresh after not having run for a few days. A few hours after the run, I could feel my calf muscles working overtime.
Friday – while I really really want to run, I need to focus on the bigger picture and get this minor injury sorted. So more heat, rolling and core and pilates.
Total – 20.9 miles
I’ll let you know how I get on and I hope if you’re training for any big spring races, that it’s going well!