Yes, you read that right. I ran a whole 1/4 of a mile. I was particularly spent after this race and had absolutely no intention of running anything until Wednesday or Thursday. Normally, after a marathon I have stiffness and soreness in my hamstrings / glutes. So, it hurts when I sit or when I try to stand up. Not a very good combination. Although, I do get to complain a lot to my buddies that my ass hurts. So, that is nice. But, after the Fargo Marathon, I was really sore in my calves. They were so sore right after the race that I couldn't really stretch them out for fear of cramping.
However, not to be determined by lingering stiffness, as "scheduled" on Wednesday I went to the gym to try to loosen up my legs. I cranked out a quick 5 miles on the bike in 20 minutes and headed over to the treadmill feeling pretty good about myself. There was no pain and I was able to peddle just as fast as I could have wanted. That is where it went all wrong.
I hopped on the treadmill, set the speed to 9:00/miles and got going. Little did I know that after 0.1 miles, my right calf and Achilles were screaming with pain. So, I stopped the treadmill and stretched them out trying to ignore the people who were staring at me after my 'hard' workout of 30 seconds. Once I felt like I had stretched everything out well enough, I jumped back on looking more determined as ever and again set the treadmill to 9:00/miles. However, just as before, after a solid 30 seconds my calf hurt enough that I decided to just stop.
I stopped because I didn't want to push it too much and risk injury. Fortunately, I think that I did and am now back to nearly 100%. I'm going to test it out with a few shorter runs in my hometown this weekend (HS graduation party). I'm thinking 3 on Saturday and 5 on Sunday. Hopefully I'll have good luck!