Yesterday I went for my first run in a week! I ran under 3 miles, and kept it slow, as this was mostly to test the water and see how my calf coped.
I was focusing intently on my calf as I ran, but it didn’t hurt. I spent most of yesterday thinking about it, prodding it, one minute thinking it hurt, the next minute realising I had the wrong calf. You get the picture. It’s so hard to distinguish between pain and paranoia. The fact I am not sure if it hurts tells me it probably doesn’t.
So I will bring running back onto the agenda, nice and slowly. Slowly being the key; I don’t want to make the same mistakes I originally did!
Where it all went wrong
About a month ago, whilst I was ranting about my recent weight gain, my husband (rightly – but very dangerously) pointed out that I hadn’t been running as much as I used to.
I’d slipped into the routine of doing two weekend runs – one about 8 miles, and one 4 miles. Sometimes one of these wouldn’t happen if were busy. I was mostly cycling to/from work, but even this sometimes slipped. Six months earlier, I was routinely doing at least one 8 mile run a week to work, and my weekend runs were about 10 miles and 5 miles. Often I did a lunchtime run during the week too, and I would without fail do something every day.
Added to this, I was eating more junk, and had lost motivation to stay on track.
Once I had calmed down (how dare he imply this was my fault?!), I realised Matthew was pretty spot on. I was doing less exercise, and eating more. What did I expect? I decided to pull my socks up, but very stupidly opted to up my mileage overnight. In the subsequent 10 days, I ran a total of 45 miles, including four runs to/from work. Fairly unsurprisingly, I ended up with a sore calf muscle and the feeling of impending shin splints.
Well, a week without running seems to have done the necessary good for my calf muscle. I now need to ensure I get back into running more sensibly. Here is my plan to build up the miles slowly:
Week commencing 18th May
Thursday: 3 miles
Friday: cross train (cycle)
Saturday: 4 miles
Week commencing 25th May
Monday: 6 miles
Tuesday: cross train (cycle)
Wednesday: 4 miles
Thursday: cross train (cycle)
Friday: 6 miles
Sunday: 4 miles
I’ll keep you updated on how this goes, and the miles I plan for the subsequent week. Wish me luck!
Do you think the above plan is gradual enough?
Have you made a rookie error which resulted in injury?