Sunday, April 10, 2011

Ryan's Goals for Boston

To finish feeling good.

That's all. I've been dealing with some calf strain issues for about 3 weeks now, and I have good days and bad days. It seems to be very slowly getting better. Too slow, for my liking. I can walk pain-free, no problem, but sometimes when I pick it up to a run, it gets a little funny. It's definitely part-mental and messing with my head right now. For example, I ran 18 miles on Friday, and it felt pretty good, some tenderness, but no real pain or additional straining. Then today I just tried to run an easy couple miles, and I felt like it was real tender, so I quit after 2 miles. And then I go back to walking, and it's just fine. It's really stressing me out, and somehow I need to be running 26.2 in a week.One thing I've found is that I think it does better after a good lonnnnnng warmup. Before the 18 miles on Friday, I walked a mile, and then picked it up to running. Today, I didn't give it as much of a warmup, so I'm thinking that might have had an effect.

Has anyone dealt with a calf strain before? How did you first strain it? How long did it take to recover? How did you expedite the healing process? I've tried calf sleeves, KT tape, foam rolling, rest, ice, everything. It all seems to be helping, just slowly.

So that's my goal. I just want to finish without any major issues, no further straining of the calf. I'll take it nice and easy, probably kiss some girls at Wellesley (sorry Bethany, gotta do it :), probably pound a beer with some college kids at BC, and just take my time, and do as little damage to my body as possible.

Hope you guys all have a good week, see you in Boston soon!

10 comments:

Bethany said...

Kiss all the girls you want at Wellsley! Just no tongue. Funny, I read thru this post expecting to hear about pain yet u make it sound like it's nothing. "Tenderness and discomfort." Living with you you make it sound A LOT worse. Go back and re-read what you wrote Ryan. You will be FINE. You'll have a nice loooong warm up walking to the start and ur gonna have a great run! Stop worrying! You are fine my lovie!!!!!! You'll be drinking that milkshake in no time!!

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marathonmaiden said...

your goal = my goal. finishing feeling good would be the ultimate. heck i think i might have a beer or two from those BC students to ensure that the goal is met ;)

Amanda said...

That's a great goal.

Sorry you're dealing with an injury so close to the race. It sounds like you're already doing everything you should be so keep doing it.

Good luck and take it easy until the race so you're leg has time to keep healing!

Marlene said...

Ryan, good luck with your calf! I hope it doesn't give you any grief during the race.

Richelle said...

Good luck next Monday! It sounds like warming up really helps, so keep on doing that!

Luau said...

See you in the Village! Finishing feeling good is a good goal! Hoping to do the same!

Denise said...

your race strategy sounds just like mine...including the kissing!! see you next week!

Karen said...

Best of luck in Boston! You are going to rock it!!! :0)

The Happy Runner said...

Good luck tomorrow -- both to you and Bethany!