I have a small tear in my calf. Technically, the tear is in the “gastrocnemius.” This is the largest of the muscles in the lower leg and is loaded repetitively and heavily during running sports.
Based upon what my doctor said and from what I’ve been reading, a calf tear can result from not warming up prior to running. I do make sure to stretch after running. Yet, unless I’m running with Kathy, I never warm up before running. I often run slower for the first mile or so, but this is not considered a warm up. Most of the time when I’m running outside or on the treadmill, I simply just begin running. From now on, I will make sure to do the warm up exercises my doctor told me about.
Treatment for a torn calf involves the RICE method, which is Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation.
So, you all want to know the million dollar question, which is will I be able to run the marathon?
The answer is…..I don’t know yet. I am still injured at the moment and not running at all. However, I am cross training, which is something I can do without any pain. I am supposed to run a little bit this weekend and early next week, and based upon how that goes (if I can run pain-free), it will determine if I have a good chance of running the marathon pain free.
The way I look at the situation is this:
I have two options:
A) Sit around feeling sorry for myself and be envious of all the people I see out there who are running and racing.
B) Do everything my doctor advises—all exercises, cross-training, stretches, supplements, and getting plenty of rest–to the best of my ability, in order to increase my chances of being able to run this marathon that I’ve been training for since January.
I choose B. Wouldn’t you?