Thanks Lee, the gp said I should try and stretch the muscle after 48 hours rest so that seems to confirm what you say. dropping my heel off the edge of stairs etc. At the moment I'm only able to put a small amount of weight on my toes with my calf contracted. I'm having baths to warm the muscle and stretch it but its painful. Appreciate your comment.
As for group fitness instructor I went straight back to work the day after my first marathon and now 2 weeks later during my class yesterday I jumped and my calf muscle ( gastrocnemius to be specific) has a tear. The ladies at the front heard it! I continued teaching with the adrenaline pumping but now I'm struggling. Got gp to confirm the torn muscle and resting it. I have done this before just over a year ago to the other leg but this was a worse tear than now. Obviously my priority is my job and getting proper recovery but im sad that i will lose my running fitness. Has anyone else experienced this injury and got any advise?