I should’ve known better than to let my trainer work me too hard doing plyometrics yesterday.
My left calf felt a little weird after my 16.5 miles on Sunday, but it was more tight than anything. I took a scheduled Monday off. Tuesday was personal training. I was stupid and didn’t tell her to tone down the workout. What is wrong with me? There is nothing badass about stupid.
I had a “cruise interval” running workout today, and my legs were not feeling it. It’s not an easy workout and my legs were tired from yesterday. Then at around mile six, my calf started feeling funky. At mile 7.92, something made a “ping” sensation, and I freaked out and stopped the workout. That .08 of a mile unfinished is haunting me.
I was limping after. I immediately foam rolled then iced, showered, then went to my chiropractor who told me it was not the wisest move to do plyometrics the week before a marathon. I’m not sure what my trainer was thinking, although I do have a little worry when she told me to “leave it all on the race course” (even though this is a training run) and that she’s never run a marathon when she didn’t end up in the medical tent.
My chiropractor thinks the best thing I could do for my calf was getting immediate treatment (yes, I know he sends me the bill, but he’s helped me with one injury and my hip tightness, so I trust his skills). I have instructions to foam roll, ice, stretch it out and try running on it on Friday. From what he felt, there was a knot, but it didn’t feel too bad. It loosened with treatment. Based on my range of motion, he thinks I’m going to be ok for the race. He said he’d be more worried if I’d had chronic problems that had gotten worse, but this was new. He told me to not be too alarmed if it swells some overnight.
It does feel better right now. But I’m concerned. I get on a plane tomorrow afternoon. No running tomorrow. I really hope this was just a slight strain and not anything serious. Meanwhile, I’ve packed my athletic tape.