Calf cramping and training

I have been training for months for a 10K that runs on May 23rd. Last Wednesday (May 6) in my first run after a fast 5K the prior Saturday night, I cramped up badly in my left calf at mile 3.5 of a 4 mile run. Felt like the classic charley horse. I was able to limp home, but I continued limping for much of the morning. I iced, wore a compression bandage, and took Advil. After two days, I felt OK enough to do 20 minutes on the elliptical strider and felt no adverse effect. On Sunday (yesterday) morning, I went out for a run. Within a quarter mile of starting, my calf started to send me cramping signals. Through pace or will, I was able to push through. It never hit me hard enough to stop me and only sent Ďpainí signals intermittently. I was able to run my full six miles. I used the same regime of ice, compression and Advil afterwards.

This morning, it is still hurting noticeably. I can rub a spot which feels like it could be a bruise in the muscle. I donít believe I have torn the muscle, but I canít be sure. What should I be doing over the next 12 days to maximize the likelihood of running and running well in the 10K? Should I stop training for a some time to let the muscle recover? My lungs feel like they can carry me 10K, so Iím not worried too much about the time off. Should I be doing anything more than my current regime of ice, compression and Advil? Should I drop any of those?

I appreciate any feedback you can send me. Taking time out of my day to go to my physician for this is just not in the cards.

Posted By Rodney on May 11, 2009 at 11:32:33:

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