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Old 11-18-12, 09:57 PM   #1
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Calf pain. Any ideas?

Started running in July so I could do Triathlons. It was hell a first, I could only do 100 yds. But now I can do 7 mi at a 10:30 pace. Not great, but constant. Problem is sometimes I develop a sharp pain in my right calf. It seems to start about 1/2 way up the calf muscle and ends in the meat of the calf. I can still run, but it gets a bit worse after and last for a day or so.

Any ideas what it is, and how to treat and/or prevent it?
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That is common. I get the same thing when running. I believe it may be called calf heart attack (http://www.runnersworld.com/injury-t...-heart-attacks)

In my case I stop running immediately. I have to wait a week or two or it will just reoccur.

As far as preventing it, I think the key is consistency in your running. If you go to slowtwitch.com and search for BarryP's running program. He has some good advice on how to build up your mileage without injuring yourself.
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Old 11-19-12, 07:15 PM   #3
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I did the same thing, trying to start running to broaden myself or something. I ramped it up too fast. Instead of trying to fix it so I could continue running, I just gave it up. I ran most days until I was in my late 20s, but I'm happy to ride, hike, and ski today. Fine. Running was going to steal from my riding anyway, and I really didn't want to give up any speed on the bike.
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^ I gave it up too, but I keep meaning to get back to it

One problem if you been cycling a lot is you have far more cardiovascular fitness than your running muscles can support so it is easy to end up running too much.
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Yup, this happens often to those coming from a cycling background. Running simply works things in different ways than on a bike. I for instance am very prone to develop sciatica when i start to ramp up my running. For calf pain, I would highly suggest you are doing some quick self-massage each night to work out any knots and loosen up the muscles. When done consistently, its amazing how much your body responds to it. and massage creams like Muscle Butter and Deep Tissue Balm are cheap.
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Carefully stretching of your calves after and run will help quite a bit, along with ankle stretches. There was a great look by Judt Alter "Stretch and Strengthen" from the 1980s that has 4 or 5 that are very good. I've also had good look with those foam rollers before and after riding. The are some excellent videos on YouTube, and you can use 4"PVC pipe with a yoga may glued to it as an alternative.

This more preventative, but the foam rollers may help if it hurts. I'd stress I have not tried that other than in-kinking a charley horse.

Running hills will especially tighten up your calves, so this is pretty common.
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I highly recommend good, quality made foam rollers. Don't get something cheap. Do some research. Look at j/fit and Trigger Point. Also check out "The Stick".

I use the rollers and/or stick every single day and it has made a HUGE difference in my calf muscles, IT band, back, shoulders, etc. The Stick feels sooooooooooooo good on sore muscles.
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I highly recommend good, quality made foam rollers. Don't get something cheap. Do some research. Look at j/fit and Trigger Point. Also check out "The Stick".

I use the rollers and/or stick every single day and it has made a HUGE difference in my calf muscles, IT band, back, shoulders, etc. The Stick feels sooooooooooooo good on sore muscles.
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