Originally Posted by handcycle2005
Yes, ice and gentle stretching.
Forget the race. Calf strains can be the very devil to get rid of.
Cross train until pain free, then ease back.
Any idea what caused it?
I iced it as soon as I got home and every couple of hours that night. I also iced it the following day after I got home from work.
Did some light stretching this morning and it feels way better, I also took some ibuprofen the first two days.
I do know what caused it, first off, I didn't stretch too well before starting my run Tues. afternoon. I started off slow for about 3/4 mile, and once I got to my turn around point, that's when it happened. I think I pushed off too hard when I turned around- more like a forceful twisting motion.
It didn't hurt real bad a first, but after about 1/4 mile it did. I stopped, tried to stretch it and walked for a bit, stretched again and proceeded into a slow jog. At that point, I thought to myself "I'm done", the pain was getting worse, so I walked back to my car, stretched a lil more then went home. I took some ibuprofen, cracked open an ice cold beer and iced my calf.
I did run the previous weekend- ran 5.7 miles on Sat, and 7 miles Sunday and was pain free both days, so I don't know if that contributed to it or not.