Calf strain

Managed to get to week9 without injury, then bam! Calf strain on first run, I'm soooooo frustrated, Rice'd, rested 3 days and trying to be sensible, although did a trial 10m run - silly person( polite version) undid the 3 days of rest.

Got so far and the graduation medal is just out of reach ahhhhh!

Will try to be 'Really' sensible now( not easy) and wait until pain gone, stretch + flexing in meantime.



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  • That should read 10 mins not 10 mile, couldn't manage that far without the injury!πŸ™‚

  • Oh poor you. So near and yet so far! Rest up. x

  • Please do rest up - I did something similar about 3 months ago and needed a full 3 week lay off before returning without any further ill effects. This is one case where it pays to be patient, even when it is no longer painful.

  • Thanks Ullyrunner, I know you're right, I should be thankful is nothing serious.

    Just need to think long term, get it right and get back out there.


    Annty ☺

  • The running will be there, waiting for you.

  • This has just happened to me finished week 7 now frustrated and wanting to finish,never thought I would say that 7 weeks ago

  • Hi Annty, similar story here - finished Wk7 but with calf and ankle pain. Currently resting and from the great advice received here, learnt the value of post-run stretches and avoiding hills! Lets hope we - inc kaz56 - recover soon and get to graduate pain free!

  • Thanks i hope to get back soon was going to try yesterday, but chickened out, been powerhooping this morning and decided i was not going to risk runninning today oh well week 8 awaits

  • Here's to our recovery and graduation FozSoc + Kaz56. No one said it was a race to complete the 9 weeks, a few xtra just means we're storing up more experience to be used post grad.


  • You will get there but as everyone says do rest up. I'm on the injury couch myself AGAIN with a hip injury and tried to run today and failed miserably as it was so painful. I have decided learning to rest is actually harder than learning to run!! But very important so we can run again in time . See you out there soon!

  • I totally agree, Hilary - it's much harder learning to rest than to run! I've just had two weeks on the IC with a calf strain, went for a run, managed 3km and my calf felt worse, so it's back to the IC. Sigh.... it's driving me nuts not being able to run!

  • Yes I'm still on IC with the hip. Husband asked what I want for Christmas. Have optimistically asked for running stuff.

    Hope we both recover soon and 2017 is injury free

  • Me too. My sister asked me if I was still running (I assume for a Christmas present) and I told her I was injured but would be running again as soon as I could - whenever that might be! I've been out of action about a month now.

    I have a GP appt for an NHS physio referral but there is nothing available before next week, then I will have to wait for the physio appt to come through, so I don't know how long that will take given that it's a sport-induced (ie. self-inflicted) injury.

    There is a good private sports physio practice near me but it's expensive and the experienced physios I want are not available for at least a week. Only the less experienced physios are free (for the same price as the experienced ones). So I have a wait on my hands either way.

    Good luck Hilary - hope that we're both on the mend and back on the roads and trails soon!

  • I share your frustration :( mine hit after I graduated and was trying to do too much too soon. I've been off running for about a month as a result, though I've tried several times only to have to quit halfway or aggravate the calf even more. I went to an osteopath who also did sports massage who was just brilliant and after 2 sessions I'm now venturing out again but I'm going back to W2 to rebuild .... give the injury time!

  • Simon, this is exactly what happened to me. I graduated then decided my next goal was 10k. I pushed on up to 7k without problems, then trouble hit and I haven't been the same since!

    I too have gone back to it a few times after being off for a week or two at a time and have had to quit after starting the run.

    I too hope that I can get back to running and envisage myself starting back doing the whole C25k programme again!

  • My goal was to get up to 5k and then consolidate but I pushed it too hard :(. At the time I reckoned the jump around w6 was too much but I didn't listen to my body. I can recommend the physio, if you can find a good one. He got my calf sorted in a couple of sessions.

  • Calf strain resolved itself, big relief, phew...

    Now out of action with a stonking cold virus, more frustration, managed 10 Min run yesterday and had to walk the rest, seems like I just graduated the prog to go back to the start! Gotta try be more positive, few months ago would have used ANY excuse to stay on the couch and here I am instead, chewing myself up at not running my 30 mins.

    Going to take a leaf from simonHumph book and go back to the appropriate training week in cto5k and build up again.

    We're all doing our best, sometimes our best is resting up or being kind to ourselves for a time, we've got off that dam couch and we're staying off!

    Happy running - or hobbling- + in my case sniffling, everyone πŸ™‚


  • I hope it works for you. This week I've done one W1 session followed by a W2, though I did run through some of the walking bits. I'm planning 2 iterations of each rather than 3 to rebuild some strength and stamina again. I've also downloaded the strength and flex podcasts. I reckon I may need these as well at my age! I look forward to hearing how it goes for you.

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