Pretty soon after my last post on Monday morning it became very clear that I was getting sick. I went into work at noon that day, but by the end of my shift 6 hours later I was feeling horrible. I slept 12 hours that night and after some intense stomach pains during the night I woke up yesterday feeling quite a bit better. However I still had no appetite and my overall energy level was very low from not eating anything all day Monday. Thus I took yesterday off from any training (as well as Monday) figuring that I should then be back to normal and feeling strong today.
This morning my stomach still didn't feel totally back to normal, but I was able to eat a decent breakfast and headed out for a run around 10:00, excited to be "back in the swing of things." Unfortunately I only got about a mile down the road and I strained my right calf muscle. I didn't do anything specific. I was just running along on smooth pavement and suddenly one step later my calf was much too sore to run. Now I'm stuck with icing and massaging and hoping. I hope it's not anything that lingers for too long. A few days will be no big deal, but if this injury pushes very far into next week it becomes a pretty large concern with the Iditarod Invitational just over a month away. So if you all have any tips for treating what I presume is a minor calf strain I'm all ears.