Friday, May 21, 2010


I've been feeling frustrated lately. This was the month that I was supposed to heal up my calf. But I still can't run. It's exactly six months to my Ironman and I can't run more than a mile at a time. Plus I have only two PT visits left until August 1st. I'm starting to panic.

I find swimming makes things feel better. Biking is neutral. But running hurts. I don't really want to keep running but I'm supposed to do small gentle running to test things out.

At Track on Tuesday, I was doing exactly that -- taking it easy, running slowly and interspersing my running with lots of walking and -- boom -- something went wrong with my calf. It felt like when a spring breaks in a couch. I walked back to my car and I thought I wasn't going to make it. I was cursing up a blue streak in my head and convinced I had done major permanent damage to my leg.

But as soon as I got off my leg (sitting in the car) I felt much better.

That's the way this injury has gone. I run, I hurt really badly, I stop running and two hours later I hardly hurt at all. Okay, I hurt, but not like when I'm running when it feels like I've done horrible things to my leg.

Then again, I've had discomfort through pain all week. Usually my running pain only lasts a day or two.

At least my calf always feel better when I swim. And not too bad when I bike. It's everything else that hurts it.

I just don't know what to do. Obviously, what I've been doing isn't working. And I need to get this taken care of or my Ironman experience is going to be total crap.
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