I've been running regularly for over a decade but pre-Covid I used to balance swimming and running and would only run 2-3 times a week. I used to suffer quite badly with shin injuries. When the first lockdown happened and the pools closed I decided to try to run every day if I could. Surprisingly I found I pretty much could do it and since last March I've run 10k every day with the exception of about 6 or 7 days that I missed with niggles. I realise this is nobody's idea of a great training plan as I'm alternating between 2 routes and running at roughly the same pace every day (5.20-5.30 kms).
I've really loved my running and it has been very important for my mental health, I haven't really had any problems until the last week. At the start of this week I started to get some soreness from my calf on the last half of my runs. Not pain as such, it feels more like running with a dead leg. Suddenly hills that I was enjoying running (my two routes are 1. Quite hilly and 2. Very hilly) felt quite difficult. This got progressively worse and runs were starting to be a struggle. Today, on the very hilly route, I got to the third hill ok but started to feel very anxious about my ability to do it and had to stop and walk it, I just felt that the energy wasn't there and felt I'd hit a wall. Can't remember the last time I haven't been able to complete a run and that really disheartened me. Running back home the calf soreness got quite bad and I had to stop twice more.
I didn't want to completely lose my confidence with running as it is very important to me, so I went back out with my partner with the idea of running with her for a bit just to get my confidence back. She runs a little bit slower than me (6.00 kms) and I ran at her pace with her for just over 6k and felt great. It was the most I've enjoyed a run for ages. Calf felt OK and I certainly didn't feel out of energy, yet this was less than an hour after I'd had to stop and walk.
I don't know whether the key thing is the calf, just having done too much and needing a bit of a rest, getting too anxious about it or all 3. I'm 46, so not a youngster and I've never run as much as this before but until a week ago I wasn't struggling at all. Would really appreciate any advice if anyone has been through similar things.