Ok, so like most of you, I had no idea what muscle or even what my “Gastrocnemius” was until visiting the Doctors and Physio today, for those like me who didn’t know, it’s basically the big muscle that makes up your calf on the back of your lower leg.
The reason I now know this little gem of a word, is that I have most certainly at some point over the last two weeks torn the top of it – which of course, is bad news. So, this means, excruciating physio massage sessions, ultra sound treatments, lots of stretching and of course NO RUNNING!!!
What I have found out about the whole no running, and no cycling (I cycle a lot normally, so being injured sucks even more as I can’t even do that!!) is that my appetite doesn’t hold off, normally when I’m in training I can happily plough through breakfast, snacks through the day like nuts, and malt loaf (a HUGE favourite of mine) then have a decent lunch followed by getting home for a quick peanut butter sandwich (The best sandwich filling ever, no arguments) then head out for a run, or ride which ever is in the training plan, then get back and do weights and core etc. then tuck into a healthy sized evening meal. It’s been a happy routine for me the last 6 months or so and I’ve gotten used to it, so getting to a point where all I’m doing is BORING weights and partial core workouts means I can’t eat as much … not cool.
Anyway, I’m determined to be ready for the run, and have physio sessions and ultra sound treatments booked so I’m staying positive. As well as all that I’ve been pretty busy sorting some bits and bobs for the run, including getting us some free sports food from our new friends at ICON Nutrition and Get Supplements, big thank you to them!!
So, it’s only 12ish days until the run, but I’m seriously looking forward to getting these bad boys back on my feet and heading out the door on a run!! Just not quite yet … wish me luck!!