To run or not to run, that is the question I have been battling since last weekend. I was feeling better with the calf injury and then I felt a setback last week. I did a short run on the treadmill on Tuesday and felt fine, on Wednesday night my leg felt a little off during a short run and on Thursday I tried a few marathon pace miles at the track and it was just annoying, I could feel the knot in my leg, it wasn’t painful to run, but afterwards I was walking with pain again.
Friday morning, feeling defeated, I went to the chiropractor to have him work on the muscle again and he told me to take it easy until the race. I should rest all weekend and maybe try for a short run midweek to see how I feel. I also decided on Friday to finally purchase some compression sleeves to try and speed along the healing process.
Then, I began to worry, what if running on my calf makes the injury worse, turning what could be a 2 week recovery into a 2 month recovery. I started to read horror stories online (stupid, stupid, stupid) and was really questioning if this was a good idea, while sending myself into an emotional roller coaster.
I made a deal with Dan that in addition to seeing the chiropractor 2 more times this week before the race, I would make an appointment with the orthopedist to ask their opinion.
This morning I went to the chiropractor and he worked on the knots in my calf some more and did the ultrasound machine, telling me my leg felt a lot better. In his opinion if I do a short run tomorrow and it doesn’t hurt I am fine to run the marathon and it will not do any further damage to calf. Tonight I have the orthopedist appointment, so we will see what he says.
I am not letting myself get excited for the race yet, which sucks, I have been resting and in taper mode so I can’t exercise the frustration away, so fingers crossed I get the go-ahead and I can start to prep for the race on Saturday.
Here’s to hoping for good news!