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« on: July 13, 2011, 12:11:13 PM »

Saturday afternoon after rock climbing in the morning my wife and I were working in the garden.  Our cat suddenly started digging around in the compost pile and pulled out a mole, the cat started running with the mole towards the open door to our house on the back deck.  I took off in a sprint to try to beat the cat to the door so he wouldnt bring the mole in the house and I felt an instant pop in my right calf, it felt almost like some body hit me in the back of the calf with a wiffleball bat.  THe sharp pain and weakness dropped me to the ground instantly, and I was unable to put any weight on that leg for the rest of the weekend.  I did a little research on the web and it seems I have a calf strain.  Theres not much doctors can do for it so I'm not going to bother with a visit.  
Saturday I iced 20 mins on 2 hours off, and Sunday I layed around, took 800mg of Advil and did range of motion exercises with it all day without pushing, stretching, or weighting the muscle. Monday I was suprised how much better it alredy felt, so I went to work on it and just did desk work all day. Tuesday I took the day off and sat at the beach all day and lightly walked around in the sand a little.  Today it feel almost normal and I can walk with out a limp,  but not with a full gate yet and going downstairs normal is not possible yet either,running and biking are definitely out of the question still.
It seems that this thing is healing pretty fast, but I dont want to push it too hard and lengthen my recovery time.  Has anybody else had experience with this kind of an injury before?
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« Reply #1 on: July 13, 2011, 12:36:33 PM »


I have been doing a lot of running for the last 4 months almost pain free and have recently developed some calf pain. 
It doesn't sound the same as your describing but what I've been experiencing is pain in the smaller outside muscle (soleus).  It isn't debilitating but at its worse it does affect the way I run.  I took a few days off and then returned running with a compress on my calf and now its feeling almost 100% but still have yet to really test it on a long run. 

A lot of people recommend R.I.C.E. for dinner, muscle and some tendon injuries.

Rest, Ice, Compress, Elevate 
 
I would definitely go easy until your fairly confident its healed.   
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« Reply #2 on: July 28, 2011, 09:52:44 AM »

Everything I read  on line told me 2-3 weeks before I could start getting back to normal for this injury.  It seems like I'm right on schedule.  I had been doing a lot of , PT exercises and little runs and bike rides to test my calf for the last week and felt it was time to actually see if I can hike again.  I went up uncanoonuc after work yesterday and it felt great! A little weak, but no muscle pain.
http://www.endomondo.com/workouts/17356102
Re attempting the presidential traverse in a day is heavy on my mind.  I just gotta get my calf strong again.

I'm going to travel the route that is recognized by the Fastest Known Time website this next time.

http://fastestknowntime.proboards.com/index.cgi?board=northeast&action=display&thread=33
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« Reply #3 on: July 28, 2011, 11:35:01 AM »

Good to hear all is healing well...

The Tri-State U hike I posted up should be a great training/warm-up hike for you  Grin  I still have that on my mind for this year and still need company!

Those FKT runner/hikers are insanse - love reading the TR of those time trials.
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