Injury Report- I’m Basically Dying (not really)

My body. It hates me. 

I’ve been pain free in my knee. This is exciting. I still stand firm on my belief that I must have thrown my patella out when I sprinted the finish line at my half marathon and that I just needed some time, PT, and decreased mileage to let the cartilage heal. 

But now, my body has thrown another wrench at me. My calves were so tight after the running conditions at our 5k on Saturday and I definitely did not stretch at all enough afterwards. And then I kept running on tight legs all week. And now, consequently, I seem to have strained my left calf muscle. I tried to run twice yesterday and both times I flamed right out. 

I ran only a mile in the morning then foam rolled and stretch for like 30 minutes. And I met up with a few people from the my tri club to run Yasso 800’s last night. I made it through the mile warm up and two 800 meter sprints and their corresponding cool down laps before conceding. Foam rolled and stretched again. Iced and used my Rx NSAID cream when I got home. Today, I skipped my morning workout because I’m hobbling like a crazy. 

Basically this- except I definitely don’t have a full rupture or tear otherwise I’d be in excruciating and agonizing pain. And since it hurts, but I can still function, I’m guessing it’ll clear up just fine with enough ice, stretching, and rest.

I want to go to spinning tonight, but I doubt I will. Granted, by using my clip shoes it’s all quad for spinning, so it wouldn’t bother my calf. But still, I just might stay off it for a few days. 

Strong Hospital scheduled me for an appointment on January 15th and it’s supposed to be for my knee, which like I said is feeling fine now. I thought about just cancelling it, but now I’m thinking I may still go and just let them give me a full once over. After all, it’s with a doctor who specializes in working with endurance athletes, so having them give me a full overall check on my never ending crop of ailments couldn’t hurt. 

In not I’m dying news, I get to go pick up my new bike on Saturday and I’m so excited!!! I still haven’t decided if I want to trade in my road bike yet. I kind of want to keep it for using as a getting around town bike, since Rob has one. But it would defer a bit of the cost which would be good. I don’t know. I’ll probably bring it with me and just see what they say. I have a figure in my head that I would want for it, so I’m just not sure. 

Only one more day after today then I’m off work for a while. Yessss!!!

Do you get good time off for the holidays?
What are you most looking forward to in this next week?

16 Replies to “Injury Report- I’m Basically Dying (not really)”

  1. I’m so sorry about your calf. I battle a lot with tight calves (and a bad knee and ankle) so I feel your pain. I would def. keep the appointment with the Dr and hopefully they can help you out! I have been on vacation since Dec 9th (I’m off until Jan 6th!) I always take a lot of time off during the end of the year since we get so much vacation time at my job. I am really looking forward to xmas eve, we always do a huge open house with all our friends and family at my mom’s house, there are usually about 20 of us for dinner and we have been doing it for over 30 years. It’s my favorite time of year!

  2. Sorry about your calf:) I’ve been going through physical therapy for my tendon injuries, and they have me doing lots and lots of calf strengthening exercises. They’ve told me strong and flexable calf muscles can help prevent a lot of injuries. Get some ice on that pain, and once your in recover mode, google calf strength exercises and pick a few that can help you! Good luck, hopefully your body will start loving you again soon!

  3. Sorry about your calf… I feel your pain (literally). I just came out of a boot and still can’t walk without pain. An MRI showed a mild calf strain/tear. Thankfully it’s not a serious one, but I”m sidelined for awhile and going stir crazy. Looks like once I’m well that I’ll have to be more diligent with my stretching!

  4. I saw your comment on HRG about your calf and found your blog (awesome BTW!) I’m currently in the same boat, left calf and all. I strained it on the treadmill one week ago today. I had just started doing T25 and had tight calves, so one mile into a treadmill run it was all over. I iced it and rested the next day, but I have trouble with the rest part. I’ve been able to get mine almost back to 100% by using KT Tape and wearing compression sleeves during my workout and after for recovery. I wish you a speed recovery!!!

    1. I have a hard time resting too. I took a week off when I hurt my knee a few months ago and I swear it nearly killed me. Compression sleeves have been on my “to-buy” list for a while. Guess I should probably get some now. Thanks for the compliment on my blog too! You’re too sweet!

  5. I did the same just this past weekend – stupid calf! Take it easy and give it the proper amount of rest. Compression anything is outstanding in my book! I’ve been wearing my socks each day when I get home from work and have even slept in them the past three nights. Has helped with the swelling. Hope your visit with the doc goes well!

    I’m taking the next week off from work and anything fitness related – just going to “Be” for awhile….Merry Christmas!

    1. I’m taking five full days off then I’ll get back on the bike at least. Hopefully that’s enough time. I’m feeling pretty good now another day later. I’ll be cautious not to jump the gun though.

      Congrats on your half! Merry Christmas!

  6. Boo for the injury. But yay for getting the new bike! Seriously, I hope you feel better asap! I think going to the doctor sounds like a good idea because they can probably give you a better idea of what’s going on. I hope you’re able to get back into training soon!

  7. I’m most looking forward to my husband being home for Christmas! He’s been out of state for a Navy school for 5 weeks. He has to go back afterwards, so I’m going to enjoy every moment I can. =D

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