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I feel awful writing something which is probably a really common thread on here but I'm desperate for some advice with regard to calf injuries/tears etc and I hope you can excuse my long (most probably boring) situation as it stands.
I’ve been a regular runner now for about 4/5 years, as well as doing regular classes at the gym such as Body Step, Body Combat, Body Attack however, as the years have gone by, I’ve upped my mileage running and cut down on cardio classes because of problems with IT band, ankles, calves, knees..which seem to always get worse from impact in classes.
Since January of this year I had been running 6 miles 5 days a week, plus two Body Attack classes a week. I loved the routine I had, however was really suffering with my calves in Body Attack, always having to stretch them out in between tracks. I carried on running fine (although my calves were always quite tight) but suffered mostly with the pain in Attack. I would also get awful cramps and spasms during the night, whereby if I stretched out and pointed my toes, my calf muscle would spasm so much so, it was extremely painful and felt like my muscle was going to explode out my calf ! -I always stretched thoroughly before and after a run too, especially my calves because of the spasms. (I had never worn calf compressors at this time).
Then, the Friday before the Jubilee weekend, I did a 12 mile run (which I had never done before), My calves were a little tight but nothing unusual. I then had a very busy weekend being a bridesmaid and such like, and when I returned to work on the Wednesday after that weekend, I hadn’t done any exercise, nor stretches since the 12 mile run. I did run however, that morning, and also the Thursday morning, both 6 miles each morning. I noticed on that Thursday after my run how bad my calves felt and Thursday night I attended my usual Body Attack class. Half way through the second track I felt my calves getting tighter which was concerning me as it happened all of a sudden, and when it came to what is called the Agility Track, they really knotted up, I took one step and my left calf popped. I couldn’t put any weight on it, and I know people reading this who has torn their calf muscle, will be familiar of the pain ! - I went straight to A&E and they confirmed I had torn my calf muscle. Not having ever done this before, I really thought I would be up and running within a week. The thought of no exercise (I was told about 8 weeks off) scared the hell out of me. I HATE SWIMMING ! The trouble for me was, I work about 2 ½ miles away from home and I don’t drive. I therefore run to work (we have a shower handy enough) every morning. So if I couldn’t walk/run to work, I was going to have to cycle. So I cycled everywhere for the next 2 ½ months whilst my calf repaired. I also changed up my routine and did classes such as Body Pump and Kettlecise. This was great but I hated not being able to run.
About 4 weeks ago now, I slowly introduced running again (wearing calf compressors). I started with about 1 ½ miles about twice a week and went from there. I found that I was suffering mainly with my other calf (the right one) and not the one which had been torn. It was quite tight and sore more so than the injured one. I also went back and did Body Attack but on the third class, I felt it was useless. I had so much pain in my right calf and had this sick feeling in my stomach that that calf was about to pop too. As I didn’t want to chance my other calf tearing, I made the decision of giving up Body Attack altogether. This was and has always been my favourite class at the gym