I was hoping for some guidance regarding an injury I have had for a while now. It first happened about 2 months ago. I went on a pretty long run of about 11.5 miles. At the end of it my left calf was killing me. Rock hard and very painful. I tried going for a short run about a week later, but it was too uncomfortable. I then went about 2 weeks without doing anything, following by light swimming and cycling. My first few runs of about 4 miles each went fine. No discomfort. However, yesterday I went for a longer 7 mile run and I noticed the pain and hardness in my left calf again.
I took it very easy, but the discomfort was definitely there again.
Description of pain: It builds slowly. Mainly lower calf, but I feel pain in the whole calf area. Stretching doesn't seem to help much. Yesterday I stopped twice during the run to stretch. Immediately after the run I stretched and massaged the calf. Interestingly, it doesn't hurt if I apply pressure to the muscle.
I was wondering if someone has had a similar problem? I have been running for about 2 years and run in the region of 2-3 times a week.
Thanks for your input in advance.