November 15, 2010

Torn Calf Muscles — Common!

Week of Nov. 8 ~ 14

The torn calf muscle is still not healed. Tested it on Wednesday night at the track - ran an 800, then a 1000, then on the first lap of a 1600 it started to hurt so I stopped. Had been running easy, about 5min/k pace. Oh well, maybe next week. Or more likely two weeks from now. And have to run even easier.

Walked for 1:20 two days and went to the gym three times to spend some time on the bike, treadmill (walking up incline), and elliptical machine, just so I don't get too fat. I am putting on weight!

I found a blog with an entry on a torn calf muscle, to which people had left comments. About 300 people over the past two years! It turns out that torn calf muscles are not at all uncommon. It can happen to anyone, for a huge variety of reasons (or seemingly no reason at all). Often to beginners or weekend warriors, but also to pro rugby players, experienced hikers, etc. Actually, most people get it worse than I did. Many experience a "pop" sound, clearly audible, and a feeling like someone threw a rock at the back of their leg. They actually turn around to see who threw a rock at them. Then they fall down. That's a grade one tear - puts you on crutches. Mine seems to be grade two, not so serious, but still requires 4, 6, 8 weeks to heal. You're supposed to stretch the calf a lot, do light walking, get some physio...well, I'm doing those.

At first I didn't mind resting a while. But after a month it gets to be a drag. If you're a runner and you're not running...what are you? A blogger, I guess. Talk to you next week!


  1. If ever I'm at the track and I feel a "pop" and it feels like someone has thrown a rock at me, I won't turn around I'll just assume Ewen has finally made it to Japan!

    Hang in there Bob all over soon, good that you're keeping fit it will make the comeback easier.

    Thanks for your encouragement re my situation too. And by the way my next full marathon is in April 2011, Nagano. Plenty of time to prepare, saving anymore injuries ;)

  2. No Scott, that would be a boomerang.

    Hope things are improving next week Bob. I guess my calf tear was a grade 3 -- I was only off for a couple of weeks. I want "after" photos of fat Bob ;)

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