Hi, I've been doing Parkrun for a while now, and running another 2 times a week. I usually have a slight niggle in the achilles at first, which goes after a short distance. Built up from Parkrun being the long run of the week to running further in the midweek sessions prior to doing a 10K at the start of May. That was fine, went for a cycle ride afterwards, no problems. Circumstances conspired to mean the next time I could get out for a run was 8 days later. I intended this to be a longish run. Felt the usual niggle in my Achilles and expected it to wear off as usual, only it developed into a calf niggle. That effectively seized up and I ended up limping home. I've iced it and rested, and everything felt fine, so I tested it today with a (very) gentle jog. It felt okay at first, but I'd only gone half a mile before I could feel it seizing up again. Did I just start too soon, or should I go back to the Physio? Ive seen people talking about oam rollers, should i get one? I've got a race planned for about 4 weeks time, which I'm hoping not to have to cancel.
I've been running for around 6 or 7 months now, started slowly with less than 1.5 miles a couple of times a week. Discovered parkrun and so do the Saturday 5K and have upped the distances during the week (gradually) to between 3 and 4 miles twice a week. On the week days that I don't run, I go to the gym, button to leg work. I cycle practically every day, but only a couple of miles there and back, nothing strenuous. Everything seemed to be going well, and the last parkrun felt great. However, the next day I started to get a dull ache in my shins (whilst not actually doing anything), and occasionally in my calves. I'm assuming I've somehow managed to damage myself and should probably rest a while - any thoughts on how long/what ican do to prevent recurrence? Thanks.