my running has been going very well. I had a great race in St.G, then spent four days hiking in Zion. Returned home and did a nice easy run. No problems. The next day I did my four mile run (I'm at 4-8-12 in BarryP terms) that I've done dozens of times this year. At about mile 3.5, I suddenly had a vice gripping my right calf. Totally out of the blue. I didn't jump over anything, I didn't stumble, nothing remotely untoward. I got home and it was so tight I feared I'd pulled something.
I did a ride that afternoon and it felt fine. Compression socks, rolling, the whole shebang after that. The next day I did another four miler and was definitely hobbling. The day after that ( sorry, I know you don't need my full training schedule) I was feeling a lot better, walking around with my calf wrapped. I decided to do the 12 miler I had planned. Not my best decision. First four were pretty good, last eight not so much (yes, I finished and no, I shouldn't have).
I took two days off and tried to do a shake out run today. I made it through without too much pain, but I was totally off, I felt choppy, not the nice smooth feeling I had been enjoying up until now. And my left quad is now hurting due to compensating for my right calf.
It's tender to the touch just below the calf and above the Achilles. Rolling it hurts. Stretching it feels good, but I have to really bend my ankle to get the stretch in the right place. I'm not sure if it's just really tight, or a minor tear, or what. Swimming and biking do not seem to aggravate it.
So, my question: Does this sound familiar to anyone? What did you do? Did you just wait it out? It's really preplexing to me, since it seemed to happen out of the blue.
Thanks very much for any help or advice you might give.
Any run that doesn't include pooping in someone's front yard is a win.