I suffered from the same problem for a few months earlier this year and had to pull ou this years outlaw because of it. I spent a lot of cash on physio and massage to loosen the ITB but in the end it was changing my running shoes that made the biggest difference and got me back running. Don't know if you have looked at the type of shoes you run in but it may be one of the causes. Good luck on the recovery a d like others have said plenty of time to build running for outlaw
Freckles- 5 weeks ago, like you, I tore my soleus 5 miles into a recovery run.I was told by the pysio it was a grade 1 tear and would take 4-6 weeks to heal. So after a week of total rest and RICE treatment, I got the OK from the physio to start X Training and have spent a lot of time on the bike/ rower/ swimming in the last few weeks. I also found getting my heart rate levels up a struggle, but from reading various forums it seems that bike heart rates are about 10-15 bpm lower than running for similar preceived effort levels.
I have been getting weekly massage since and it seems to be doing the trick. I have managed to introduce some running again this week, doing intervals of 8 mins run, 2 min walk recovery and today managed an hour without any pain. Hopefully there is now light at the end of the tunnel and i will make VLM, even if i have to adopt a run walk strategy.
I apreciate everyone if different but i would advise that you dont run for at least 3 weeks but use a cross country ski machine to substitute your running sessions and use that for the same length of time as you would be running. 2 hours plus is hard going but it at least allows you to keep some endurance fitness without the risk of further damage to the calf.