So I’m sitting here writing this in pain. Why am I in pain? I’m injured. Why am I injured? I’m stupid. But let me explain a bit. I’m in a bit of physical pain because my right calf popped (tore?) during a run the other day. That happened because I fell during a trail race (as I wrote about earlier on my blog) and only took one day off from running before getting back to my marathon training. I banged up my left side pretty badly, so my gait was off, and I quickly started to develop shin, calf and Achilles pain in both legs. But I’m a tough guy who is training for my first marathon which I’m running for charity, so I pushed through it. Things got better, but my left calf kept bugging me. Soldier on, man! Right? Wrong. More like stupid.
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So I let my body rest for a week. I did acupuncture and basically no activity. I iced it. I used compression on it. I walked carefully and climbed stairs even more carefully. I kept on being vegan and enjoyed the recovery benefits of the lifestyle. I saw the acupuncturist on day 6, and said he found no sign of injury anymore, but advised me to ease back into things as there was tightness. So I did a short, slow run after much stretching and SMR action, and reworked my running plan to ease back slowly. I ran every run slower than I had run the same distance, and planned to do a shorter LSD (or “long slow distance”) run at the end of the week if I felt up to it. I ended up feeling good, kept my pace in check, and ran the original distance I was supposed to run. And I’m doing well.
I listened to my body.