I just ruptured my left popliteus muscle. That's what happens when you try to run through an injury; you just shift the stress to another part of the body that isn't used to it and it gets injured. Only an idiot and a fool would try to go from being barely able to walk to running a trail ultramarathon in 5 days.
I'm an idiot and a fool.
Do not try this at home folks. The plan is to take anti-inflammatories, then ice the area until numb, then work the muscles with deep frictional massage. I press on one muscle attachment with my thumb (to keep it from tearing loose!) and then use the heel of the other hand to work along the body of the muscle. After doing that in both directions, I work the body of the muscle from side to side and then press it as hard as possible against the bone underneath. This amount of time will warm the muscle back to normal temperature. I do this several times a day.
Then, because I've got problems with the calf and ankle beneath it, I create a "wobble board," which works similarly to a Bosu ball; a ball is placed under a board and I stand on top of it on the one leg, using the leg muscles to keep me balanced. Additionally, I'll be doing some improvised yoga-based stretching [One ordinarily should never stretch an injured muscle. This is being done to get me through the weekend and then I'll start the recovery process. Again.]
Then to keep some aerobic ability, I'll be biking, running in a pool or (preferably) powerwalking. Today I'm just mowing the lawn, which is an hour of walking.
I plan to toe the line Saturday, arriving early to work out the stiffness from 4 hours of driving. Whether I get past the Poplar River (less than a mile), is anyone's guess.
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