Hello...been training for the Ragnar Race in Woodstock May 14-15 and have a question in regards to diagnosising a nagging pain/problem.
My lower calf/high right ankle causes me severe discomfort when i run past my normal running comfort zone. I can run through it and even seems to get better after awhile but if pushed too hard for too long it actually hurts to plant my foot just while walking and begins to affect my knee. Yes, does not sound good...probably should get checked out.
My therapy has consisted of hot baths rubbing my calf with a short shower rod to massage the muscle and promote blood flow and stretching (lack of stretching and running in the cold is what i think caused the problem). The problem/pain seems to get better/subside when i achieve a higher level of conditioning. And the following day the pain is almost completely gone.
How serious is this? Is it just a muscle problem (tear/just weakness that needs strengthing) or could it be a ligament or something else?