Just over 9 weeks since I tore my left gastroc calf muscle, (as some of you may remember) and was unable to run (on advise from physio) until 3weeks ago. Having made it to the week 8 runs previously, I am now back at Week 4, taking it easy and slowly building up the strength in my leg. However, it still feels a bit too much like hard work and I'm sure I am tensing up in fear of it popping again! In the meantime I have embraced the world of strength and flexibility - calf raises, all manner of stretches, foam rolling and yes even squats! BUT when I'm out running, it all feels harder than it used to and I have to admit I felt quite flat after this mornings run because 'it just ain't what it used to be' and I want the buzz back! No problems getting out there, just feel a bit flat on return.
On a more optimistic note, having seen all the lovely pictures posted on here recently, I have decided to treat myself to a new pair of shoes and gait analysis at Sweatshop. Guess this means I still intend to be a proper 'runner' again one day!