Week 3 of the new plan leading to my Triathlon in Philly on June 22th. The plan was to recover from the pull in my left-calf this week, and now, a week past it, I can still feel some pain. I begin to suspect distance running is not my sport. On the bright side, swimming is starting to be fun.
To refresh your memory, I pulled (or tore) my calf muscle pretty badly last Tuesday. I couldn’t limp more than a block or two until Saturday. I stayed away from activity until Sunday when I started doing swimming and some upper body lifting work for the rest of the week. My leg is taking longer to recover than I’d like.
On Tuesday I was really compressed with time due to work and only had 20 minutes it the pool. But someone I stayed focused and whipped off 500 yards quickly (for me). My stroke and balance is improving.
Blue lines == actuals; Gray areas == my target range for that week.
Note: Where are all the graphs? I’ve run into an Excel 2007 ‘bug’ or feature where you can’t have multiple pivot tables of the same Excel ‘table’ so I need to rebuild my spreadsheet for the new plan. Grumble. Not sure how to fix this.
I don’t know what happened on my Tuesday run, but it’s definitely worrying. I seem to get lots of injuries with this running thing, and perhaps, maybe, there’s a thing or two I could learn about it. If anyone reads this, your assessment and advice are mucho appreciated.
Dan, your advice on swimming was spot on. I’m swimming slower, but magically I’m starting to complete more yards in less time. Me like-ee.
I’m continuing with the light treatment on the legs. That means swimming and upper body lifting only. I’m not going to run again for at least 3-4 more weeks. If I feel ok, I might do a recovery bike ride at the end of this upcoming week.
I’m planning to try (again) for the NYC Marathon in November. If you’re interested in running either with me, let me know. Also, if anyone is interested in doing the Philly Triathlon (June) with me, or the Marin Century (August) with me, you’re welcome to join the team!
Thanks for reading.