Afternoon all, hope you're all enjoying your running in this chilly weather. I've been doing this running malarkey for almost a year now and am now working towards a 10k through central London in May - cant wait! Since I left London 5/6 years ago I've hankered after going back and runnng along my favourite river (something I couldn't have even imagined ever doing when I lived there and was 5 stone heavier!).
Anyway, I digress, loving the running and the addictive buzz that comes afterwards. In fact I even took the afternoon off work on one of those beautiful sunny days we had last week, just because I wanted to go out for a run! Felt amazing, out there in the sunshine in the countryside - something I've not felt since I had my horse as a teenager! Awesome!!
Oops, digressing again........(I am obsessed lol).......trained really well last week- 2 11k runs, a 6k and an 8k - and a rather boring (but warm) session on the cross trainer. Went out this morning for my usual Sunday morning long but relaxed run with my running partner and only a km in and something went twang in the mid to bottom part of my calf. Had to stop immediately and hobbled back to the car in much pain. My calf had been feeling stiff all week but I just put it down to the usual aches and pains and had been carefully stretching after each run with no ill effects, I guess it was something building up until it all went ping today. I've googled it and am relieved to see it is unlikely to be the Achilles' tendon as I should be in a lot more pain and unable to move my toes properly (well, according to my self diagnosis), hopefully just a muscle strain. But what was the twang I felt? Like a big elastic band inside my calf - I definitely felt something move in there! I'm icing it for 15 mins every couple of hours and won't run until it feels 'normal' again I guess.
Can anyone offer any treatment advice please? Should I see the doctor? I don't want to waste their time but I don't want to ignore something which could be more serious than I want to think it is. Should I just go straight to my local sports injury clinic and pay for physio? (Which I may not need) Sorry, rambling, first injury like this and a little freaked out!
Ooh, husband is making dinner so save me getting up though - every cloud and all that!