One week ago I tore the muscles in my right calf. It hurt about as much as you imagine. I’ve been on crutches since. Thankfully, I should be done with them sometime in the next week.
The prognosis is good. After about a week to ten days I should be able to walk without pain. After three to four weeks, it should feel healed. After six to eight weeks, it should actually be healed and I can begin training again. No surgery. No cast. No extensive use of medications.
The prognosis is also a huge challenge. I was looking forward to a Half Marathon next month and going to the Raleigh Half Ironman on June 1. I have to recalibrate my expectations for the spring and summer. I won’t be able to do the Half Marathon and as of now, I may be able to participate in the Raleigh Half Ironman but I may not. It will be determined by the rate of recovery. Either way, I won’t be racing so much as covering the distance.
Harumph. Maybe I’ll add a race in July to my plans. Regardless, it looks like a bid to qualify for the World Championships in Mont-Tremblant is officially off the table. Harumph Harumph.
On the bright side, muscles heal better than joints and nothing was damaged to the point that it will require a lifetime of limitations.