Yes, I just called my leg a “Kill Joy.” More specifically, I’m calling out my Soleus Muscle. My who-what? Yeah, that was my reaction too. This is a muscle around your mid-calf area.
The soleus muscle is found in the back of the leg above the Achilles tendon extending up to the main calf muscle. The soleus is a group of strong muscles which are essential for walking and running. They also help in stabilizing the ankle hence preventing us from falling forward when standing.
It has put a pause in my running and it couldn’t have come at a worse time!
I joined the “No Boundaries 5k Training Running Group” with our local Fleet Feet that just opened. Our training group, “NoBo” for short, started in May and ended with a 5k race in August. We would meet 2x/wk and would go out with mentors rain or holy humid hotness or shine. This running group and crossing that finish line in our Graduation Race in August did it for me, I caught the running bug. I did trigger my mini injury the week of that Graduation Race. I was too excited and probably ran harder than I should have (it was taper week after all). I started to feel a pain in my right leg. I was ok though. Just some ice and I was fine.
I signed up for 2 more races in September and I was able to run one. I guess I ran that last one too hard. I did set a PR though :) I stretched pre and post race, but all throughout, I kept looking at my Garmin and seeing that I was pacing at under 11 minutes which was miraculous. I tried to dial it down a bit because I kept thinking that I was going too fast (for me). I just couldn’t. I had the adrenalin going and my momentum was just carrying me! I felt good after the race. I knew I would need to ice my leg when I got home, but still, I felt great!
What wasn’t a good idea was that I was in the drive-thru line for Steak N Shake for over 30 minutes. I usually wouldn’t mind that because there were a lot of people and it means they’re making things fresh. What I didn’t realize was that sitting in my truck (SUV) for that long wasn’t good for my leg at all. Once I got home and tried to get out, I almost fell because of the excruciating pain I felt. I was literally hopping on one leg into the house and limping for the next week and half. I missed the second September race I signed up for because I was still limping, but it was ok b/c it was also my daughters’ birthday party.
I stayed away from running for a week and half and attempted to run with Buddy that Tuesday. I went 2 tenths of a mile on a jog and was just done. I just walked Buddy…no more attempts of running. I was supposed to run a 5k that Friday, not happening.
I went to Fleet Feet and talked to one of the guys that worked there. We spoke about and it and he was right in saying it wasn’t a shin splint (this whole time I thought it was). He said to try to run through the pain, but if it went over a certain threshhold, to stop. I did just that on Friday night and ended up running 3.19. I had some pain and so the ice came out again. I guess I could’ve run a 5k afterall. It would have been my slowest, but still.
I tried running again a couple of days later…the pain was back. I finally went to see a Physical Therapist / Sports Medicine Doc. That’s who told me my “soleus is quite angry” at me. He made me run a little on the treadmill and said, “I notice your limping”. I simply said, “yes, because it hurts!”.
So, I’m supposed to start therapy for at least an hour 2x/wk. I haven’t heard anything yet. Maybe my regular dr. hasn’t given him a prescription yet (hasn’t given me one at all).
I’m being stubborn and ran on the treadmill on Monday. It wasn’t too bad, but I was really going much slower than I usually would…about a 14+ minute pace. Maybe that should be my pace for awhile. I only went for 1.85 miles, but still, better than nothing.
I really hope my leg starts to cooperate soon. There are 3 5ks I want to run in October and November.