Hi, I have been training for VLM which is my second marathon (having ran it in 2011 also). All was going well and I have previously been injury free in my 4 + years of running but on Saturday 6 miles into my 20 mile run I felt my Right calf tighten. I thought it was cramp followed by tightness afterwards and I completed my 20 miles. It continued to be sore for the rest of the day and had some redness around it. I have been icing it and massaging it and it is feeling better and I am able to walk on it now but it is still very tight and uncomfortable. As I have pretty much done my long distance runs (except for one I would have planned for this weekend but I'll definitely give that a miss) will I be ok and better off pretty much resting it now until the marathon? I am dissapointed as I have been quite pleased with my times on my long runs and feeling fairly comfortable ( 16, 17, 18 half marathon race and 20 miles).
Has anyone else had an injury like this and how long should I expect it to take to reover? Will I be ok to run VLM?
I think you're right also. My daughter is now 9 and has been coming along with me for a lap (1.5 - 2 miles) of my local run since I started running (about 4 years ago), but has similar difficulty to Ricks as she can't pace herself and darts off very fast. But she loves it. However she only started doing athletics club at school last year and it only goes on during the summer term. It is a shame there isn't more concentration on atthletics for fun for kids.There is a running club at school but she tells me it is at lunch time so she misses her lunch or play with her friends so doesn't want to do it.
I always have to go just before the start of a run and if I don't I know the familiar 'need a wee feeling' will creep up within 20 minutes. I find it best to hydrate plenty the day before then make sure I don't drink much in the hour before the race. Strangely enough I find if I have had a few days of being poorly hydrated the problem is worse. Always wear black shorts / leggings and if you are worried about 'leakage' wear a sanitary pad to keep your mind at rest.
After a few races you will find tactics that work for you. Good luck avoiding the toilet que.