I took a 5 week break from running to allow my calves to recover from whatever injury I sustained from wearing unsuitable footwear for *one* 5km run in March. Throughout my break, I went on daily walks and used a massage ball on my calves when they felt particularly tight. I also did a couple of strength training workouts for my legs (these left me in agony where I couldn't walk for days afterwards, hence only a couple of these were done).
Last week, I started running again in a new pair of running trainers. Just a gentle 2.5km run. Well, it wasn't even a run, it was a jog. I had a day's rest between each jog yet each time, my calves felt sorer and sorer until today, where I can barely walk and am hobbling around. The pain is BACK despite my 5 week break. I am doing 15 minute stretch routines, using a massage ball, taking rest days but the pain just won't GO. It gets worse each run/jog I do. I can't even run through the pain at this point as I can barely walk. I'm only 20 years old, why are my legs behaving as if i'm 90? This is my third pair of trainers, surely all three of them aren't the culprit to this?
Is this pain normal? I don't know if it's because I took a long break and now the muscles aren't used to running so they have to re-build. Or are my calf muscles completely ruined and I have to give up running for good?
P.s. any exercise that involves jumping induces pain, so I can't even do star jumps, skipping rope or high knees as an alternative.