I’m medically cleared to keep running.
Earlier this evening, I decided to get a professional opinion on my calf pain. I’m scheduled to be back at it tomorrow, and I wanted to be sure that I wasn’t risking long term problems by continuing to push. I suspected shin splints or something similarly painful but not serious.
As luck would have it, I was assigned a (smokin’ hot) NP who also runs. She was truly excited for me and what I’m doing. She said it’s not where shin splints typically cause pain, but it still could be. She thinks it’s just a strain. The treatment is the same either way. She says to keep going, just lay off the speed stuff for a while – keep it slow and steady. Manage the pain as I have been, and do calf raises and toe raises to strengthen the front of my legs to balance the backs.
So, it looks like I won’t make a 30:00 finish time, and probably not even a 40:00 for this race. But I can keep going, and I will get there in time. I just have to have patience. Which I don’t.