Question for the physio's amongst us
Well, if a bull gets into the field with his lady of choice, and she already has offspring... It gets very messy.
It's important to clarify that an overly tight mussel is clearly identifiable as one that always hangs back whilst the clams and barnicles go to the bar.
sorry... but at least I'm bringing the thread back to the top of the 'latest posts' list!
...calf tears from cow eyes - HA!
Tear, as in torn will have tissue disruption and A is no longer connected to B so it'll bleed and bruise. There also may be a lump or bump. It may or may not be weaker going up on tip toes
A tight muscle will be tight, painful on stretch, maybe weak but won't bleed or bruise.
A tight muscle may be a pre-torn muscle and if you don't fix one you'll get the other. BUT in most cases both terms are inter changable, used ad hoc and without really obvious signs or diagnostic ultrasound go for a healing worst option, until proven otherwise!
Hoorah! we'll look after you....
In the interim have a massage, some gentle stretches and see if you can run 90 seconds. If you can then a small run is possible. If not then don't.
It doesn't sound like a tear but we need to find out why it feels tight. Likely suspects, foot type in wrong shoe, technique, lower limb control and dare i say it maybe even nervy type pain........
See you soon.
I went out to test my calf last night and did a lap of the village which is about 2 miles in total. Felt fine on the level bits and downhill, but as soon as I started on the uphill section, which is a reasonable gradient (I have used it for hill reps) then I could feel it.
Walked up the hill then jogged home on the level, which felt ok. Think I'll leave it until the weekend then try again.
Bloody annoying, because at this time of year I don't facy going out on the bike instead.
Lou - your niggle sounds very similar to mine, as my calf feels just about normal on the flat, but is a bit more noticeable when it comes to going up hill. Mine also feels worse the faster I go, which I think is due to needing more "push" of the front foot when travelling at speed.
I'm having another sports massage tonight on the spot where I think I've done some minor damage, and am then hoping to slowly get back into some running.
I'm 15 weeks away from my spring marathon, so I'm hoping time spent now getting it right will stop it being an ongoing niggle for the next 15 weeks.
I think mine first occurred on some long hilly off-road runs when it was really wet and slippy underfoot, and then I made it worse by running a ten mile race when I really shouldn't have rested.
Yes, I think the sports massage is helping, but then again I haven't done a run for 7 days (apart from the 2k aborted run on Sunday). I''m hoping to do 3-4 very slow, very easy miles tomorrow and see how it feels, and fingers crossed I can get back into it. I've also finally got round to buying myself a foam roller and a Thera-band to help me stretch properly....
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