A week after graduation on my 50th, and lots of lovely celebrations with visiting family and friends, I headed out this morning. Another day of glorious sunshine and sparkly seas, did my usual route and got to 3.85km at 30mins and felt fine so thought I'd just go a bit further and see how I got on. 35 mins and suddenly what felt like an explosion in my left calf, I had to pull up (just like they do on the TV!). Stretched a bit and hobbled back to car. Stretched some more. Drove home but sore using clutch. I've ibuprofen gel on it but am having to limp, can't walk normally. So I figure I've pulled a muscle, whatever that means.
So my questions to you wise ones out there ;
1. How do I treat it? I know the word "rest" will come up so...
2. How long do I rest it? How do I know when it's OK to run again? And when I do run again...
3. Should I start with shorter runs, or with breaks or what?
Any ideas of stretches or physio type exercises to help it on its way?
Annoyed with self and feeble body but chuffed I made it to 4.58kms, a Helsbels first. Don't want to be out of the game for too long so thoughts welcomed.
Happy sunny day everyone B-)