I really appreciate your advice and am sorry to see that you're in the same boat as me. From the description I think that I have a grade 1 injury - I can walk without discomfort so hopefully I won't be out for as long as 6 weeks. I shall most definitely cross train and I may be able to manage some spin classes too.
I used to have a wonderful thing - a material sleeve filled with gel which using a velcro strap fits around your calf. You keep it in the freezer. It comes with a pump to tighten the sleeve around your calf. It's been in the freezer unused for 3-4 years (which was when I last had a calf injury) but now I can't find it!
I wish you all the very best and do hope to see you at the VLM!
You may be right that I should have stopped but with the legs and body of a 56 year old I often get the occasional tweak as I run which generally passes as I continue. Sadly this one didn't - but it didn't get any worse.
I do hope that it's not 6 weeks - that will be my VLM over for this year if so.