I certainly wouldn't run the 5K tomorrow. Try taking a week or so off of any activity and see how it feels. If you are not making progress or the pain worsens, it's time to see your doc. Remember stretching is a good thing, BUT you can't stretch away an injury.
My running coach once told me that an injury in the beginning is like a chip in our windshield. If we allow time for our bodies to fully recover we can hopefully prevent that chip from turning into a crack, therefore requiring us to get a whole new windshield. While I know any of us HATE to take time off for injury recovery, it truly is the sign of a healthy runner.
Here's to a SPEEDY recovery!
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That sounds EXACTLY like the pain I had -- I didn't go to the doctor right away and regret it. I had a stress fracture in my fibula and IT tendinitis. I just started back to running 2 weeks ago, for about a max of 10 minutes and it's the first time I've ran since February.
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Thanks, guys! I'll keep up with RICE for another few days and see how it does. I do stretch, usually after my run. I warm up before hand, most often with a few minutes of walking. Since it doesn't hurt to walk right now, I'll at least keep doing that. I can't just sit on the couch.
I'm new-ish to running. I've been doing it off and on for about a year. Recently I joined a local training group for a 4-mile run at the end of June. Everything's been going great then on Monday it was over 90 degrees, so I decided to do my "homework run" on the treadmill instead of outside. I'd been on the treadmill for no more than 10 minutes when I got a horrible pain in my left leg - enough to make me stop running. It seemed to be centered around the area just below my knee/right at the top of my calf, and it hurt all around the leg, not just the front or back. I stopped running, went home, iced it, elevated it, and took some ibuprofen. I spent most of the evening limping. When I woke up on Tuesday, it hurt mainly in the back of my leg, but it's difficult to describe exactly where. It sort of feels like it's hurting in the bone and in the muscle, if that makes sense. Tuesday I tried to go with my running group, but that wasn't happening. Wednesday and yesterday, it's felt 100% fine except if I try to run. Walking around the office all day (in flats) is no problem, but when I ran the 10 feet down the hall to my office, it was hurting, and yesterday I walked to a friend's house and back with no pain at all until I jogged across the street, literally across a street, and I had to ice it. It's just one leg, I'm almost positive it's not shin splints, because I've had those, and they didn't feel like this.
Has anyone ever had anything like this? I have a 5k tomorrow, which I'd prefer not to skip, although I will if it's still a problem when I get up. I've tried googling, but I'm not getting much.
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