Well, you lot got into my head again, so I ditched the HM idea today. Cut my route short into little loops so I could bail out if needed and ran on feel. Managed 12 miles at MP which I'm really pleased with. No pain in the leg right now and will stretch in a mo for safety.
A few 'adjustment' twinges as I went and just ran one mile at a time, changing my route as I went. Could have gone the extra 1.1 miles for HM distance but didn't want to push my luck.
Could really feel the 4 day lay-off, longest break since Christmas, only ever had 2 days off in a row on this campaign. Felt sluggish as a result and questioned if I could run 26.2 feeling like that. However, it was only 3 weeks ago I did a HM at 6.45 pace, so mustn't get too negative.
Thanks for the advice, team. I feel I'm back on track right now.
When injured I can't bear to read anything about running as I'm in such a big sulk. So, apologies for not reading back right now, will do it later.
There was a comment from VTr earlier this week that advised I take 4 days off with the calf injury. Others also suggested good rest. It stuck with me and I've been a good boy and not run since Monday. Have been stretching and rolling and did a good spinning session last night. all feels good. I can't tell if the stiffness in my calf muscles is due to the injury or lack of running as my legs adapt to the rest?
Will do my planned HM tomorrow (slowly) but on a multi-loop course so I can bail out if need be.
4 days without running is my longest break since Christmas. Feels weird!
Calf muscle feels miles better today. Any niggles with it are in my head rather than being an actual problem as when I don't think about it and just carry on walking etc, no pain at all. Have got the calf guards on to provide compression and have ditched tonight's run.
Stretching, rolling etc. all good this morning and no pain going up/down stairs.
Have decided to test it tomorrow with an easy mile to the track, 3 miles at MP and then a mile easy back. If that goes well I'll attempt the 13 on Saturday.
2 days of rest followed by a simple 5 miler at MP yesterday and then strained my right calf muscle (soleus) in the final mile. Gutted!
Have had this before, 2 years ago prior to Paris but it was worse back then. This was the first run of my taper period, pi$$ed off that it's happened but as it's a light strain I reckon I should be alright for later this week. Have been icing, stretching and foam rolling and it feels better already but it's really knocked my confidence.
A bit of a scare but a warning not to be complacent. Just a nervous wait now until I get to test it our in the next run. Getting through that will give me time to build my confidence again.