Greetings from 12 degree Minnesota, where the snow flurries continue on and off. Ah, winter.
So I guess I’ll get straight to the point and talk about my post title. Now normally when I talk about a calf here on CSAT- I mean the baby cow variety. Well tonight, my left calf muscle is the calf I’m referencing. Why is it a royal pain? Well, here’s my exercise overview of the past 2 days.
Saturday, I never made it out for a run. The snow was deep and falling all day, and we got to the farm early afternoon because J had a project that needed doing. My in-laws have an elliptical in their basement at the farm, and somehow I spent over an hour on that thing and put in over 7 miles. I don’t count it as miles in my running log, but still an impressive effort. Felt fine afterward.
Sunday – just farm stuff – a rest day from running.
Monday morning – Since I missed any sort of long run this weekend, I headed for the gym and the treadmill. 7.25 miles at an average pace of 9:41. This was a monumental treadmill run to be sure, as my normal patience for the machine maxes out at about 4 miles.
Well, my legs felt rather sluggish the whole run, so it didn’t seem like a huge deal when my left calf got a little sore and achy around mile 6. I stretched out after the run and later put on compression sleeves.
Still, I have this dull, uncomfortable ache that persisted through farm chores and feels about the same this evening.
First, I know this isn’t a huge deal. It’s not major pain, and I know I could have much worse troubles. BUT – I’m always worried about little pains turning into bigger problems (sadly I have experience with that :()
I’ll take a day or two off running, and I figure that ice is in order. Is that the right course of action for a particularly achy muscle? Anyone else ever have random calf muscle pain and soreness that set in mid- run?
Sorry for this little whine fest. On a happier note, I will end my cheese giveaway tomorrow evening, let’s say 11:59 pm CST just to be fully fair. Comment on that post if you haven’t yet, and then watch for the winner to be named on Wednesday! Have a good night all.