It's been a rollercoaster ride to recovery. I thought I was better, only to be greeted with more calf pain. It's definitely made me hesitant to try again as I worry about running and feeling more pain. The body has a funny way of tricking you into thinking you're better. This week I think I can say I've turned a new corner. I've run 3 times on the deadmill (aka treadmill). I actually found one I like! I won't share this discovery though because I want to keep it a secret:-)
My runs have been based on time, rather than distance as I just want to get used to the process and continue the healing process. Also, this forces me to stop. My problem before was I just kept going instead of cutting out while I felt good. This week I kept my runs to 40 minutes or less (including cooldown time) for a whopping grand total of 8.2 miles. To make it a little interesting I threw in a couple intervals to remember what it's like to run 7:45 pace. It's harder than you think on a treadmill! The plan is to work on running 3-4x a week and gradually increase along the way. This upcoming week I'm looking to achieve double digits (as well as compete as a member of the Speedy Beagles) and of course continue stretching/ice/heating the calf. That's all I'm going to say at this point because to look any further would be a mistake.