It was going so well. I was jogging at some stage daily, I was doing stretching exercises. I was focused and the only thing considering ordinary was my nutrition. I was focused on the action, of getting in my daily walks or runs, of alternating and measuring.
And so it was on the 30th December, 2018 I set out with Sharon to run 4km non-stop and make it to Cleveland Point. And it was going so well. I made it to the point and ran the small circuit around the point while I waited for my wife. I clocked over 4km and made the decision to start back towards where Sharon would be. 4.4km down and maybe make it to 5km. I was ahead of the schedule I had set and was feeeling good.
My calf popped. I have a history of calf “pops”. They occur at the worst possible times. And this was one of them. The muscle cramped and popped, leaving me hobbling towards my wife, not the triumphant vision I had envisaged.
And the pain was obvious. What it meant was to rest and recuperate and hobbling into 2018. Not a great way to start the year in which I will be running the New York Marathon, but setbacks are always expected and now it was up to me to refresh and understand how to stop it happening again.
I have spent my days off running studying youtube on how to stretch and resolve calf strains, how to improve my running style and how to stretch pre and post running.
And I know I will be back. I write this on January 2, after doing a walk of 2.5km in 30 minutes, slowly stretching my calf beyond comfort. I will be back, a bit more cautious, abit more careful and a lot more educated.