tight lower calves for first few miles

tight lower calves for first few miles

Post by Mr. Ma » Thu, 21 Aug 2003 23:20:01


I get very tight lower calves (rock hard) for first few miles, then it
goes away and I'm fine. Now, I try stretching after first mile to help
it out. I try stretching as much as possible before I begin to run.
The tightness occurs in both lower calves. Is this achilles related?
or soleus? First few miles are always painful.
 
 
 

tight lower calves for first few miles

Post by Tim Downi » Fri, 22 Aug 2003 01:12:05

Quote:

> I get very tight lower calves (rock hard) for first few miles, then it
> goes away and I'm fine. Now, I try stretching after first mile to help
> it out. I try stretching as much as possible before I begin to run.
> The tightness occurs in both lower calves. Is this achilles related?
> or soleus? First few miles are always painful.

You aren't by any chance trying to deliberately land on the balls of your
feet are you?  I only ask because folk occasionally make the mistake of
trying to force a change in their running form rather than letting it
evolve. (BTDTGTTS)

Another thing may be the amount of stretching you're doing *before* you run.
Stretching should only be done on warmed up muscles, not cold.  Nothing
wrong with setting out gently and then stretching later.

Tim

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tight lower calves for first few miles

Post by MJuri » Fri, 22 Aug 2003 01:34:08

On Wed, 20 Aug 2003 17:12:05 +0100, "Tim Downie"

Quote:


>> I get very tight lower calves (rock hard) for first few miles, then it
>> goes away and I'm fine. Now, I try stretching after first mile to help
>> it out. I try stretching as much as possible before I begin to run.
>> The tightness occurs in both lower calves. Is this achilles related?
>> or soleus? First few miles are always painful.

>You aren't by any chance trying to deliberately land on the balls of your
>feet are you?  I only ask because folk occasionally make the mistake of
>trying to force a change in their running form rather than letting it
>evolve. (BTDTGTTS)

>Another thing may be the amount of stretching you're doing *before* you run.
>Stretching should only be done on warmed up muscles, not cold.  Nothing
>wrong with setting out gently and then stretching later.

>Tim

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>Time for a new sig.

        Another thing may be you are suffering from a Knot. In my
experiance stretching does little adn occasional bad things for nots
or minor muscle injuries, particularly in the calves.
        Take your thumbs and really dig them into teh area that you
feel the tightness. If you find an area that feels very sore you may
ahve a Knot. try massaging and rolling the area 2-3 times a day. Teh
first few days may cause more pain but eventually teh knot gives way
and gets smaller until gone.
        Just my experiance.

~Matt