Trainus Interruptus might be a better headline to this post. I am hoping the interruptus doesn't last longer than a few days so my frustration level doesn't end up higher than it already is.
Monday - An hour practice for the next night's swing dance class after a wonderful blissful yet painful massage. My calves end up screaming after dancing so I am going to blame part of my woes on this whole dancing thing. I am still counting it as cross-training though.
Tuesday - An hour swing dance class. Cross-training!
Wednesday - Seven mile marathon pace run that went really, really well.
Thursday - Four miles that started with some sharp piriformis pain that went away after about a half-hour.
Saturday - Earlier in the morning while I was bounding down the stairs I felt my always tight left calf muscle go "tweak". It hurt. It bothered me the rest of the day, mostly going up or down stairs but I thought it was just more calf tightness. Then I went for my four miler, in the wind-storm downpour thank you very much. I limped through almost all the run and could tell my gait was off even when the limp became less prominent. I came home and iced and stretched but it still hurt.
Sunday - I decided to scrap my 14 miler because of the calf strain and the affected gait. The night before I needed a little convincing to not go but when I woke up and it hurt to roll over in bed I realized it was absolutely the right choice. No sense screwing up the rest of the marathon training for what is, in the grand scheme of things, a short run. I still felt like a big loser though for not being able to go out and run. I was actually looking forward to what would have been my single day mileage PR.
Oh, and I did my upper body and core strengthening program three times last week. Woo-hoo!!
Today I have a PT appointment after work to deal with the piriformis (buttocks and leg pain) and we will also address the constant calf tightness and mild-strain I had this weekend. I am hopeful they can get me back on the road (literally) to healthy running. Keep your fingers crossed for me, I'm getting antsy and annoyed.