Three days til my first 10K. Or not?

Three days til my first 10K. Or not?

Post by Dave Dela » Thu, 06 Jul 2000 04:00:00


I've been running for about two years, mostly for fitness.  Recently,
I've entered a few races.  I have done a couple of 5Ks and one 5 miler.
It has been my goal to do a particular local 10K, now three days away.

Here's the problem.  A week ago, I was doing my weekly speed workout and
my left calf started to cramp.  I decided I could run through it and
did.  After cooling down, my calf really started to tighten up.
Although it continued to be stiff for the next few days, I continued
running.  I have had no real pain while running and the after running
stiffness has gradually diminished.

The truly weird part started yesterday.  I ran three slow miles
yesterday morning (without any pain).  After the run, my calf felt fine,
but later in the day I noticed it was swollen.  Today it is still
swollen.  I'm not talking grotesque swelling, but it is definitely
there.  I have to stress, my calf does not hurt at all.  I can walk
without the slightest limp, but the swelling itself causes a bit of
stiffness.

I know what I need to do over the next few days:  Rest, Ice, Compress
and Elevate.  My question is should I run the race on Saturday and under
what circumstances?  Should I:

1)  Run no matter what.  After all I can rest for a week or two after
the race.

2)  Run only if the swelling is completely gone.

3)  Forget it.  Even if the swelling is gone, I'll need more rest before
risking the stress of a race.

Thanks.  I know I can count on this group for some good advice.
--
Dave Delay

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Three days til my first 10K. Or not?

Post by Jeff » Fri, 07 Jul 2000 04:00:00

Run.

The worse that is likely to happen is you won't be able to run for a couple
days afterward.  More important than if you are going to race or not, is to
pay attention to your body during the race.  If the calf starts hurting in
the race, don't be afraid to stop.

-jeff


Quote:
> I've been running for about two years, mostly for fitness.  Recently,
> I've entered a few races.  I have done a couple of 5Ks and one 5 miler.
> It has been my goal to do a particular local 10K, now three days away.

> Here's the problem.  A week ago, I was doing my weekly speed workout and
> my left calf started to cramp.  I decided I could run through it and
> did.  After cooling down, my calf really started to tighten up.
> Although it continued to be stiff for the next few days, I continued
> running.  I have had no real pain while running and the after running
> stiffness has gradually diminished.

> The truly weird part started yesterday.  I ran three slow miles
> yesterday morning (without any pain).  After the run, my calf felt fine,
> but later in the day I noticed it was swollen.  Today it is still
> swollen.  I'm not talking grotesque swelling, but it is definitely
> there.  I have to stress, my calf does not hurt at all.  I can walk
> without the slightest limp, but the swelling itself causes a bit of
> stiffness.

> I know what I need to do over the next few days:  Rest, Ice, Compress
> and Elevate.  My question is should I run the race on Saturday and under
> what circumstances?  Should I:

> 1)  Run no matter what.  After all I can rest for a week or two after
> the race.

> 2)  Run only if the swelling is completely gone.

> 3)  Forget it.  Even if the swelling is gone, I'll need more rest before
> risking the stress of a race.

> Thanks.  I know I can count on this group for some good advice.
> --
> Dave Delay

> P.S.  When replying by mail, remove STOP SPAM from my address
> before sending.  On-topic mail only please.


 
 
 

Three days til my first 10K. Or not?

Post by Mark Berglu » Fri, 07 Jul 2000 04:00:00

Run like you always planned. If it hurts like pain, slow down or drop
out. You'll never know unless you run.

 
 
 

Three days til my first 10K. Or not?

Post by Barr » Fri, 07 Jul 2000 04:00:00

If there's no real pain I'd go to the race anyway but if there's any pain
I'd treat it as a training run rather than pushing flat out...


Quote:
> I've been running for about two years, mostly for fitness.  Recently,
> I've entered a few races.  I have done a couple of 5Ks and one 5 miler.
> It has been my goal to do a particular local 10K, now three days away.

> Here's the problem.  A week ago, I was doing my weekly speed workout and
> my left calf started to cramp.  I decided I could run through it and
> did.  After cooling down, my calf really started to tighten up.
> Although it continued to be stiff for the next few days, I continued
> running.  I have had no real pain while running and the after running
> stiffness has gradually diminished.

> The truly weird part started yesterday.  I ran three slow miles
> yesterday morning (without any pain).  After the run, my calf felt fine,
> but later in the day I noticed it was swollen.  Today it is still
> swollen.  I'm not talking grotesque swelling, but it is definitely
> there.  I have to stress, my calf does not hurt at all.  I can walk
> without the slightest limp, but the swelling itself causes a bit of
> stiffness.

> I know what I need to do over the next few days:  Rest, Ice, Compress
> and Elevate.  My question is should I run the race on Saturday and under
> what circumstances?  Should I:

> 1)  Run no matter what.  After all I can rest for a week or two after
> the race.

> 2)  Run only if the swelling is completely gone.

> 3)  Forget it.  Even if the swelling is gone, I'll need more rest before
> risking the stress of a race.

> Thanks.  I know I can count on this group for some good advice.
> --
> Dave Delay

> P.S.  When replying by mail, remove STOP SPAM from my address
> before sending.  On-topic mail only please.

 
 
 

Three days til my first 10K. Or not?

Post by Dave Dela » Tue, 11 Jul 2000 04:00:00

Thanks, everyone, for your advice.  The swelling was almost completely
gone by Saturday.  I ran the race and my calf never bothered me.

My time wasn't as good as I hoped, possibly because I rested for four days
before the race, possibly because I held back to avoid getting hurt.  At
least I finished healthy and have my first 10K under my belt.  I can work
on improving my times in future.
-----
Dave Delay