|Probably not going to happen . . . this year.|
|The Gory Details described above|
Monday, February 11th, 2013: Initially I had planned a spin on the trainer after work, but with a flat tire on the bike, I decided that a run sounded better. I also decided not to mess with Heart Rate this afternoon and to run as fast or slow as I wanted. I set off from the house feeling fantastic. I was even pushing the pace a little and enjoying how easy that felt. A little after a mile however, and I felt a slight twinge in my calf. I thought to myself that maybe it was some residual soreness, but as I continued to run, it just got worse. I did my best to ignore the pain and even worked some hills pretty hard, but when I got back to the house after 5 miles, the pain was significant. Whatever recovery I thought I'd made by laying low the previous week was gone and I was right back where I'd started a week before, and maybe even a little worse. The rest of the week found me walking with a noticeable limp. By Wednesday, I called the doctor and made an appointment to get some professional advice.
What a little research and the doctor tell me: It turns out I have a mild to moderate calf strain most likely resulting from a combination of poor flexibility, muscle fatigue, and wearing footwear that didn't provide sufficient support. Essentially, one of my calf muscles has been stretched or partially torn and now needs to recover. In severe cases of this injury, a complete rupture can occur which may require surgery to reattach the muscle. Usually a symptom of a complete rupture is the inability to walk, which is not the case for me. The good news is that I won't be needing surgery or anything quite as invasive as that. On the down side, this is an injury that requires a fair amount of downtime to recover fully. It is also prone to re-injury if one tries to come back too fast (essentially what happened to me after a week off).
|Hi I'm Arnold . . . your training partner!|
|How much do you think I can bench?|