one thing then another!

So here's where I'm at. Sunday I ran with the start of a cold, it went great, felt better for it and glad I did it. I've been nursing said cold for 3 days (don't mind that) and been working in that London for 2 days (me being a northerner this is an expedition of sorts!). Two days of walking, tubes, walking, more tubes and I get a sore calf. Grrr!! Today, it's glorious, I finally get off the M61 (overturned lorry, very long tailbacks) get my running stuff together and yippee! I am out!! week 9 started at last.........errr........no......the calf really hurts and I return home after 5 minutes. How do I fix the calf????

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  • Oh no, what bad timing. That London is a dangerous place ;) You could try a massage, foam rollering, ibuprofen gel, Deep Heat, a hot bath, gentle stretches. There's a long list of possible remedies. Personally I'd foam roller the hell out of it, then soak in a hot bath and take ibuprofen before I went to bed. You probably need a couple of days rest and then you'll be good as new. Good luck

  • thanks!! I don't have a foam roller but I can soon fix that :) the rest I can do and will do thanks. does red wine help? I feel like life is teaching me some kind of lesson, I just don't know what the lesson is! patience, patience, and more patience? or buy a foam roller? or stay away from London :)

  • Hahaha :D Possibly all 3! Before I got my foam roller, I used a rolling pin wrapped in a towel. Suffice it to say, I have new found respect for pastry. That thing was brutal (but effective!)

  • oooooh! I might try that, not sure how I will explain to husband :)

  • Foam roller it. You can use the rolling pin wrapped in a towel/camping mat in a pinch. It hurts. It's supposed to. It does also seem to work. Good luck :)

  • Sorry, just realised I'm repeating ancient mum's advice!

  • thanks tea fairy am getting the rolling pin at the ready...no pain no gain I suppose :)

  • For calves, I prefer the Tiger Tail Stick over foam roller for really massaging deep into the muscles with your hands. You can aggressively strip those calf muscles with a stick/hook massager like the Theracane. Tennis ball could do well, too if you insist on rolling on floor.

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