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
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
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.
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