“Raced” a 5k today

I decided to go run a 5k this morning at a little nearby town.  I have been running 4 days a week consistently for about the last 5 weeks now and I thought it would be a good idea to test my fitness level.  I have been running a little here and there for some time since my surgery last Novemeber and I have even done a few races including a half-marathon back in May, but I haven’t “raced” one yet.  I am not in race shape yet, but I ran it hard and surpised myself.  I finished 2nd overall (it was a small race and I lost to my buddy) and my time was 19:47.  I’ll take that for now and hopefully I can continue to improve to get back to where I once was.  I am still struggling with calf strength.  Although I am able to do pretty much any activity, I easily strain my calve muscle on my repaired leg.  I did so again today because of the effort I put in during the race.  Hopefully it is minor because I would like to get in an easy 3 mile run tonight.  I might even run/race a half-marathon in two weeks too.

2 Responses to ““Raced” a 5k today”

  1. You’d think your calf would respond to all that “abuse” by getting bigger and stronger, but no. I’ve never enjoyed running (without a game wrapped around it), but my calf sounds remarkably like yours, 3 weeks after you and non-op. No strains for me, but I haven’t done much to strain it yet.

    I think when you wrote “. . .but I have “raced” one yet”, you meant “. . .but I haven’t “raced” one yet.” If not, I’m confused (again!).

  2. You are correct. I haven’t “raced” one yet. I have probably done too much to strain it, but it will catch up eventually.

    I have always had a hard time building muscle mass. I am not as sore today, but I don’t think I will run again until tomorrow.

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