Last week, I had a pretty big set-back in the running program. After completing Monday’s 2-mile run in a pretty decent time, I felt a bit of a twinge in the back of my right calf just above the ankle. It was more bothersome than painful; so, Tuesday I set out for another 2 miles thinking it would loosen up once I got going.
It did not loosen up.
I made it about 8/10 of a mile before it hurt so much I had to walk. In the past when my legs have felt very tight, walking has helped loosen them up such that I could later start running again. That didn’t work this time. I ended up limping over a mile back to the house. I was passed on the trail by a senior citizen power-walking. Needless to say my self esteem took a mighty blow.
Run 2 miles at 10:30 minute pace à ended up being 1 mile
When I got home, JT had me RICE it – that is to say I put an ice bag on my leg and elevated the whole thing on several pillows while I layed on the couch sipping my gatorade. It felt a little better, but I was still limping for the rest of the night.
Based on the location of the pain and some Google searching, it appears that I inflamed one of the tendons that connects my foot to my calf. My calf muscles felt fine and nothing felt broken, but my heal had a sharp pain driving through it when I moved my ankle.
It took a couple of days for the pain to decrease to an ache and a couple more days before I couldn’t feel it anymore. Unfortunately, by the time I was ready to hit the pavement again it had been nearly a week.
W4:D3 – W4:D6
Rest – injury (not advised if you’re trying to follow the plan)
As such, on Sunday JT told me that I would essentially be starting back at square 1. I ran one mile. I did it in 10:15, but I struggled every step of the way. It seems that one week was just long enough for my lungs to forget how to sustain cardio. This is all extremely disappointing. I hope it doesn’t take as long to get back to 2 miles as it had the first time. I really felt like I had been making some progress.
Run 1 mile at 10:30 minute pace
I’ll run again tonight, probably another 1-miler though maybe 1.5 miles. Tomorrow JT and I are going on vacation. The plan is to run while we’re away, but that could be easier said that done while we’re around town site-seeing.