Last weeks mileage was very light. Very light because I have injured my left calf muscle.
**Disclaimer ~ I am not a doctor or physical therapist. All injuries should be diagnosed by a doctor**
Whew, got that out-of-the-way. It is undeniable I have injured my left calf or the soleus muscle to be exact. To what extent I’m not 100% sure, but I imagine from all the reading I’ve done it is a moderate injury. Ankle is swollen and calf is tender to the touch with some pain walking. So says the armchair doctor and of course all hail Web MD! I went on a 5 mile run on Wednesday. Everything was great and around mile two I felt a pop and that was all she wrote. Fin. What made matters worse I was half~way into the run and it was raining. I don’t run with a phone so I hobbled on home. Awww Shucks! Quite the downer. This is the first time I’ve ever had a calf injury, so I started doing some reading. There is plenty information out there so I won’t list it here, again don’t believe everything you read on the internet. For the most part the sites I visited I’m fairly certain were giving me sound information, never to be replaced by a professional advice, of course.
Interesting article take-aways. If there is swelling minimize the amount of massaging the affected area due to possible clotting Massaging the area could release any clots that might be forming which isn’t a good thing. Massage should happen after the acute injury phase. And calf injuries tend to increase with AGE (what!).Ooookay, I definitely wasn’t following the massage advice in the beginning and there is no doubt I felt this injury coming but kept pushing. Needless to say I will be more aware of how I treat injuries in the future. I acted a little callous towards the possibility I may have something quite severe. Lesson learned. Now time to heal it properly so I can continue.
Good news is I can still bike, slowly at first. Not the news I wanted to report, but there it is in all its crappy glory. Maybe I should be more positive and grateful that this is all that happened, I can adjust fire and continue running after I heal. Ok…I’ll take that route. Five of the hardest miles completed with 9,851.51 miles (hoping without pain ~ highly doubtful) remaining. Happy miles to you…no matter how painful.