I’ve been going back and forth between feeling confident that I can still run the marathon and angry rage at having a stupid injury derail my plans.
On Monday I thought that my calf must be making progress since I didn’t have any pain while walking, including stairs which have been just a bit painful. I really worked to convince myself that the heat/massage/ice routine from Sunday night was doing the trick.
I was able to do even more heat/massage/ice on Monday, a bit of massage before work and the full routine after work and again before bed. The massage and foam rolling hurt a bit more on Monday than it did on Sunday. Not sure what to make of that.
Tuesday morning I had a bit of soreness in my calf, but instead of the sharp pain I have been experiencing, it felt like normal muscle soreness. I took this to be a good sign. After a bit of heat and a bit of walking around my calf was back to feeling normal. At this point I was feeling really confident!
Unfortunately I left work late and had to run to catch my bus. I only ran about 10 yards, but man did it hurt! I’m not sure if it hurt as much as my test run last week, but there was definitely pain in each step. This basically put me right back to the angry rage. I stuck with my made up treatment plan for the night: heat, foam roll, walk, and ice. The heat felt amazing. Foam rolling was a bit tender. I was nervous for the walk after my painful mini run, but it turned out just fine.
Overall, I’m not sure what to think. Excluding my test run last week, I am now at 9 days without running. I won’t be running tonight, so might as well call it 10 days. If I can’t run pain free this weekend, I know need to just defer. It sucks, but it is what it is.