CALF muscles are killing me!

#1
I have only recently started doing a strict fitness regime. I am on week 3 of main programme. When I first started jogging...I had no pain in calfs. I changed my trainers about week 1-2 and first time I wore them I was in agony with calfs on a 2.5 mile run.

So...I reverted back to my old trainers. I went running with these but still the pain was there. It happened again today and yesterday. I don't want it to start putting me off running as I need to do it and I enjoy it. I can cope with my lungs feeling they want to burst or feeling the need to puke as I push through that...but the calfs are driving me insane!

I asked a PTI, he rekons going to running shop for analysis. However I know it will help for other reasons but I dont think it will stop calf pain??

IMPORTANT PART- I used to be a sprinter. When I run quick (interval trg)or sprint I dont have a drama. PFT best effort pace does not effect me either. It is a steady pace jog (60-70%) that makes them hurt. I think its lactic acid??

Does anyone know how to get rid of it or will it go in time? Any advice/experience is great.

I have tried reps on steps going from tip toe to pushing heel down which KILLS when I do this.

Also, Im female, 23, of athletic build. Been out of hard phys on reg basis for a while.

Cheers in advance guys!
 
#2
Are you warming up and stretching out properly?
Do you massage your calves?
Are you hydrated enough before these runs?
Do you take multi vitamins?
Perhaps you are overdoing things and should ease back a little. Pushing through the pain has its place but perhaps you might listen a little more closely to what your body is telling you at this stage.
Just an idea
 
#3
Would lots of tippy-toes stretching help? Yeah I know that sounds gay, sorry.
 
#4
If you find out, do let me know. I've been trying hamstring stretches lately but I'm at a loss as to what the problem really is.
 
#5
Sounds like a problem I was having when I increased my mileage on the roads.

1st of all get the right trainers.

Don't go to JJB's as the staff there are only used to selling the newest, bounciest, trainers to the fashion conscious chav.

Try a specialist running shop and get them to look at your running style. you might have to endure a few shuttles with a trouser leg rolled up in the street outside but they'll make sure you get the right ones.

This sorted my problem out straight away as I was running on neutral trainers when I needed motion control shoes (as my feet flap like Pingu's)

2nd, make sure you're well hydrated before you start, consider using an electrolyte drink like GO electrolyte from SIS

3rd make sure you stretch before and after your run.
 
#6
As people have already stated, your choice of running shoe is first priority. Asics work best for me, but have a running gait analysis carried out at your local professional running shop (not a sports shop!!)

A. Proper running shoes, specifically chosen for your footstrike, weight and type of running (is cross country, road, sprinting etc)
B. Sorbothane or similar shock absorbing insoles
C. Hydrate well and take on carbs a few hours prior to running (I find I cramp up if Im really tired and running on empty)
D. Warm up - gentle stretch - 2nd warm up - run
E. A long period of stretching off after a warm down.


Personally, I stretch all muscle groups after a run then at the very end I give my calf muscles an extra stretch.

To do this use a set of stairs. Place your feet together and with the ball of your foot that your stretching on the edge of the step, hang your heel off the end, pushing it down towards the ground. This increases the stretch massively and really squeezes all that built up lactic acid out!!

Do both legs individually, then both at the same time and see how you go. Any dramas PM me.
 
#7
its the middle of the night and Im drunk, so Im inappropriatley spamming my calves in this thread. Feel free to call me an attention whore.


 
#8
J.K. said:
its the middle of the night and Im drunk, so Im inappropriatley spamming my calves in this thread. Feel free to call me an attention whore.


I'll call you a camwhore ;)


OP, I had bad pain in my calfs, and I found that stretching them for a minute 4 times a day eliminated the problem. Also, hold each stretch when you cool down for a minute, just to be on the safe side.
 
#9
hmmm....masculine legs in stripper shoes! Lovely!
 
#10
stripper shoes are MADE to make your calves flex to their maximum. My legs sure as hell aren't masculine looking. Maybe your avatar there has you confused, feminine does not equal fat and sloppy and lacking in muscle tone.
 
#11
oooh watch your teeth sweetie, clashing them together like that will chip them! Try not biting QUITE so hard! Whats up....nobody drooling???
 
#12
what? I defended my stems against your inaccurate description quite politely... once again I accuse your obese face sitting avatar of confusing your brain.
 
#13
and your tinylittle brain needs to realise that this is the internet...NOT real life sweetie! Grow up and take up rugby, you've got the calves for it! If you don't want comments,don't plaster your hobbit legs all over the internet!
 
#14
wow, youre retarded dude. you act like a moron on the internet, cause its not 'real life', congratulations, what a winner! *done*
 
#15
J.K. said:
stripper shoes are MADE to make your calves flex to their maximum. My legs sure as hell aren't masculine looking. Maybe your avatar there has you confused, feminine does not equal fat and sloppy and lacking in muscle tone.[/quote]

So all my life, I haven't been fancying femeinie humans 8O .
 
#16
J.K. said:
wow, youre retarded dude. you act like a moron on the internet, cause its not 'real life', congratulations, what a winner! *done*
Just a question but, isn't this site a little random for you to be on?
 
#17
I had similar problems when upped my mileage. As said above the best thing to do is stretch...lots! I get in from a run, stretch, have warm bath and stretch again. Seems to do the trick. Mine are still a bit tight but I'm gonna take a couple of days rest which you should do too. Also, stretching them everyday regardless if you are training or not is beneficial.
 
#18
Firstly...thanks for the response guys...secondly...who ordered the psycho!? (a.k.a JK) - Fcuk if my legs looked like that I certainly wouldnt parade them around in chavy shoes! Should have gone to specsavers luv!

Anyway...

I don't think I have been overdoing it as I train every other day.

What gets me is that I dont feel any pain when running..only jogging approx 60-70%!

I guess I use the ball of my foot to run but when I'm jogging I press down on my heel?

I am going to a running shop on sat as I think this is the way forward I hope...if I can find the bloody place!! Anyone know Celle, Germany?

I am shocking for not drinking enough so maybe I am dehydrated, though I do try to drink more before run.

I strecthed my calfs off on the stairs and it is the worst pain ever!

I just don't think I am made for distance!! I can sprint and my upper body strength is well above average for a female, so I think this may be a problem...as someone mentioned on another thread...how many athletic/big guys do you see running a marathon etc. I know this does not apply to everyone but its generally true.

I think I need to work on my running technique too.

"Actiontoday"...I dont take vitamins...what do you recommend for this?

Also I will certainly take the advice from everyone ref stretching on rest days and even more so after working out. I dont take enough time stretching.

I know it sounds daft...or not ...but I have a "Yoga" set from naafi haha and I may give it a go as it may help with flexibility and stretching muscles!! (im a dorris..its allowed!!)

Cheers again guys! :)
 
#19
bigbird67 said:
hmmm....masculine legs in stripper shoes! Lovely!
Well I'll rattle her if no-one else will, better than the Wafs round here.

Over-pronation caused me to get bad calf and ankle pain, the right trainers solved it permanently, as did insoles for my boots. Theres loads of pro running shops on the internet so you should be able to find one near you.
 
#20
monkey_wench said:
"Actiontoday"...I dont take vitamins...what do you recommend for this?
I can't make recommendations because as you are a doris you will sue if it all goes tits up :D
Obviously you should be eating a well balanced diet with plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables. Vitamin B helps to release energy from food for example and it maintains healthy nerve and muscle tissue so it's obviously going to be important that you take in enough of it. You have increased the workload upon your body so a good quality multi vitamin with minerals suppliment may fill any gaps in your intake.
I have just started taking 'Berocca' which gives hefty doses of some vitamins and minerals to try and boost my system a bit.
Do make sure you are hydrated sufficiently, and stretch out your calves throughout the day and massage your calves regularly.
Just look after yourself a bit. Pain is not good- it's a signal that you are heading for an injury. Listen to these signals and act on them.
Ice packs are your friend when you have gone too far with things.
 

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