I had a doctor's appointment this morning, so I thought I'd get a run in after that. I headed to the Field House despite the soreness in my shoulder from the Tetanus shot I'd received. Yup, I'm that tough.
I arrived at the field house parking lot to run the out-and-back in the Commons. I ran this route approximately 4,593 times in college. The route is still pretty much the same, but it's certainly been disrupted by some housing developments. D informed me of a little twist she puts on the route, so I opted to add that in. Anywho, I changed in the car and stretched in the parking lot. I didn't spend too much time stretching as I needed to get back home and get back to work, but I certainly didn't skip the stretching.
I felt great. Odd. I took yesterday off after Sunday's race
, but I still expected to be a little creaky. But, no creakiness to be found, and I cruised right along. I wasn't running fast, but I certainly wasn't plodding either. I was feeling really good. I was thinking a lot about Mt. Washington and thinking that I'm pretty much ready for Saturday to come. I'm ready to go.
Then it happened.
With about 1/3 of a mile to go, I felt some tightness in my left calf. Uh oh. It wasn't the same shot of pain I felt in March, but it didn't feel good. I finished the run and tried to stretch it out at the car. I was hoping it was just a cramp since it was certainly humid out. But, I think that was just wishful thinking.
I got home iced it. I've been elevating and switching from heat to ice. Oh, and moping. Lots of moping. I called Shannon—my massage miracle worker. She's going to take a look tomorrow. I'm going to keep moping.
So, what happened? It's not the same leg as earlier this year. Which I think is good. It wasn't as severe as earlier this year. Which I also think is good. It's in a different spot than before. Maybe that's good? I don't know. I know that I didn't stretch as much as I should have following Sunday's race. I stretched, but not much. I didn't do any real stretching yesterday, and obviously I didn't put in a good session before my run today. But, my calf didn't feel tight. It didn't feel any different than usual. And for 35:00 today, it felt fine. So, I have no idea.
I also have no idea if I'm going to be able to run on Saturday. And that flat out sucks.