I gave my leg three days off from running. I was also very tired on Monday and Tuesday after the half marathon so I wasn't exactly itching to run. I have been icing my calf and I feel improvement (less tightening), but I am feeling a little concerned that this hasn't completely dissipated by this point.
Angus, Wallace and I headed out for 4 miles/6.5 km. I was scheduled to do 11.5 km on Tuesday, and my first speed workout yesterday, but because there is still such tightness in my calf, I decided to forgo the speed workout, but to make up for the first initial run by lowering the mileage to see how I do first.
It was a wise decision. I felt a little paranoid about my leg while running and paid a great deal to attention to how it was reacting during my run, but I encountered no issues. If anything, this distracted me from paying attention to my speed. Without intending to, I ended up with my fastest 6.5 km training run to date. :) I have always noticed how much faster I run after a race on the weekend. The proof?:
4 km - 6:38/km
5 km - 6:46/km
6 km - 6:37/km
I never run this speedy of a pace during a regular run. :)
I will rest again tomorrow and probably attempt my first speed workout on Saturday.