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I have recently injured my calf due to a strain of goin up to many hills. This is my second week off from running and its geting better and I am thinking and hoping that I should be better to run again next Monday. I have only got 2 weeks this sunday before my first half marathon.
Due to my injury my second attempt of a 9 miler was about 3 wks ago since then have had to lower mileage cause of calf then the last two weeks I haven't run purely cause calf wasn't healing.
It does seem that the tightness and the bruised feeling in my calf is sub-siding so I aiming to run again Monday. However I would like advice as to know how much of my fitness will I have lost, I do feel like its probably going to be quite a significant amount and I haven't got time to now build it up again before my race.
If I can start running again next monday am just going to build it up to two 5 mile runs and two 7 mile runs so as not to damage my calf again too near to race.
So can someone one advise me whether my fitness levels will decrease dramatically and whether I will be able to run this 13 miles without it killing me, not due to calf but due to my fitness. I am so nervous about it as its my first half marathon and what with my injury its really knocked my confidence in doing it. I can't expect to have a good time as in good speed of race but I just need to know if I can be realistic and know that my fitness with take me through the 13 miles.
Any advice will be greatly received.