Happy Monday everyone. Well not really a happy Monday for me. The ugly injury bug bit me hard on Friday. Let me just preface the story with the fact that I am a big baby when I am hurt.
Friday was a normal easy run day. It was scheduled to be 8 miles at an easy pace. Well as soon as I hit the road to start my run, I felt a slight pain in my left calf. I ignored it thinking that I was just still tight and that the pain would go away. And mostly it was just a dull throb for the first 3 miles. Then it started to flex its control.
It felt like a cramp. So I just did what you normally do when you have a cramp while running. Run it quickly while still moving. Well it didn't work. So I decided that I would take it easy for a couple of blocks. Well this still didn't help. In fact it started hurting more.
Now on the verge of panic, I tell myself to just continue slowly. Not racing so time is not important. So I finish the run. By now my calf is screaming bloody murder. It hurts like crazy. So I decide to R-I-C-E it. I immediately get everything together. I get an ice pack and ace bandage. I wrap it and sit there with it elevated for the rest of the afternoon.
It still feels a little tight but I know that I have a 45 mile ride on Saturday. I caution myself against getting upset. I say the worst thing that could happen is that I would just have to cancel the weekend workouts. Well the ride went really well. No issues. So now I am thinking that maybe the pain will go away once I start running. Sunday I had a 16 mile run scheduled. So again my plan was to just take it easy and go as far as I could. Well I didn't get very far. I started to run and the pain immediately returned.
So I went back inside and decided to just take the day off. Well its Monday now and there is still pain there. I am not very happy with it but what can you do. I just have to face the reality of age. I am not going heal as quickly as before and I just have to accept that.
I have to trust that I have built a solid base and I will be ok. Tomorrow is a 7 mile run. I am going to start it on the treadmill and see how it goes.