Those of you who do sport of any kind will be familiar with the risk of injury and the endless hope that it won’t happen to you.
A couple of years ago I pulled my hamstring and really had to ease off the run in. For a good 4 - 6 weeks. I had to bin the 70.3 Ironman I had planned and had to do my running coaching sessions on a scooter. It’s annoying and boring, quite frankly!
But with the right Physio exercises, patience and cross training it got better. Serves me right for trying to sprint against a 17 year old!
So this week during a 20 min run my calf decided to play silly buggers and curtail the run.....the weekends race is now off and I won’t be running for at least a week if not longer, taking each day at a time and finding the right time to try another run. After 3 days rest it’s not yet, that’s for sure.
But the real question is why is has happened and this is where I realise I don’t take my own advice. If I tell you how my week went down before the injury, I’m sure it’ll become very clear- even to the non-sports people!
Plan:1 hr run ‘aerobic’ in race shoes on the road.
Reality: 1 hr road run in race shoes above aerobic pace to see what pace I could comfortably maintain, then 1 hour Nordic walk and 40 mins running with my beginners....
Plan: race day warm up only skipping, plus 20 mins run pushing pace a little, then 1 hr bike
Reality: 1 -2 min warm up then a 5 min run then the calf hurt too much to carry on.
It’s pretty easy to know what happened- too much running on Monday and not enough warm up on Wednesday! In fact my calves were tight after Monday’s run so I perhaps shouldn’t have even run on Wednesday at all....
Hindsight is a great thing but I’d say to anyone reading this: be sensible in your training and listen to your body. A close friend of mine ruptured her Achilles two years ago because she didn’t listen to a niggle, and she’s still not back to full capacity.
It’s not worth it- as I say with an ice pack around my calf and the running shoes on the shelf for a while.