The injury bug has not left. Three weeks after initial injury and my calf is still a bad boy. Tried a 3.5 mile easy out and back on the V&T this morning and by the time I hit 2 miles, I had burning again in the soleus/gactroc junction. I don't know if one of those muscles (I can stretch both, just fine) or the Achilles tendon at its connection point that is the problem. That should teach me to run in 5 Fingers. The last place those ran is to the garbage. Never again.
Still far too few entries for the Spectrum Challenge to hold the event. Regardless of entries, I don't even have enough volunteers. Sure makes me want to put any more effort into that or any other events.
On the entry front, only need 20 more to make it almost worthwhile to put on. As for volunteers, I need 6 more to have enough to do it. Both of those two things happen — and soon — or otherwise, I'll be sitting at the starting line, refunding money to those who did sign up and turning away the two or three that show up on race day hoping to run.
Is winter here yet?
I had posted the Monday run to coincide with Mikaela's soccer practice, and seeing as nobody else showed up (I really didn't expect anyone) I took off for the usual 4 miler on the Kamikaze Grasshopper loop. I even took time to stretch beforehand, focusing (as much as I ever do) on the right soleus and gastroc that have been issues lately. I took off slowly (relatively) and thought as I crossed King St., "wow, almost pain free!" A harbinger to be sure. I climbed the small hills through the Rusty Bucket Spur, and I was back on the Fire Road approaching the chain, when I got a stabbing, searing pain in the right calf. Smack-dab center of the soleus. I windmilled my leg a couple of strides, looking like a triple-jumper mid leap, since I didn't want to put it on the ground. I walked a bit to the chain and used the post to try to stretch it out. No go; the dang thing was burning.
That effectively ended the run – and, quite possibly, a week or two of running – for me. I iced it last night, and this morning it is tight and painful; especially going down stairs. I'm not sure what is wrong; I know I don't hydrate enough (a couple large cups of coffee is usually the day's intake), but this particular pain is different than the usual cramping/twitchies pain I get after a long run. Though, the baby cows did have the aliens crawling underneath by the time I gimped it back to the car.
I don't know what the problem is, and so I don't know how to fix it. I guess I'll follow RICIE for a while and see what happens.