Finding a spanner on my long run

I’m currently writing this post sitting on the tube, dressed in enough hi-vis that I should be handing out sunglasses, slightly sweaty, probably smelly and attracting some weird looks from passengers. That could be the limp though…
I very rarely need to abandon runs but near the 6km mark of my planned 21km run I had to stop running and make for public transport thanks to a developing calf strain. I don’t really know what caused it, all I know is that after stopping to help a cyclist with directions for about 30 seconds I set off and immediately noticed a tightness in my calf. Five minutes later I knew I had a problem and two minutes after that I knew I’d strained it. Luckily for me where I had stopped was only about a half-mile (limping) walk from a tube stop and, being prepared, I’d thankfully brought my travel card.

Time now to get myself home, get the ice and compression going and get my leg elevated. I’ll assess tomorrow how it pulls up, but with my next race being a month away I’m pretty sure I’ll be ok.

Actually, just realised, I’m *definitely* smelly. Maybe a shower first before the RICE…

Happy running everyone!


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Posted on December 7, 2014, in Blog, calf injury. Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. Hope you’re feeling better soon!

  2. Sorry to hear Bernie. I’m in the same boat. I pulled my Achilles (I think) on Wednesday and had to limp to the car and still can’t walk without a limp. Luckily I can bike with no problem.

    I hope you recover quickly!

  3. Nothing like sitting next to a smelly runner 🙂 Hope the calf gets better soon.

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