Lately I feel my calves are always a little tight and sometimes even sore.
I used to have no calve issue at all and actually after my first marathon the massage therapist was surprised that they were not tight at all. She said, it might be because I’m a pretty bad heel striker. Not good I guess, but I didn’t really care until I ended up with hip bursitis after this marathon. I started to change my strike to a little more mid foot stride.
I shorten my stride and try to keep my cadence at 180, this helps. But also wearing my vibrams on shorter runs helps a lot. Wearing those makes me automatically change my running form!
Well, long story short, I think due to the fact my body changed the running form slightly, my calves are used more and therefore a little tight. Last night after my 4 mile run it was really bad and I was a little worried since I have a long run on Saturday.
So, I decided to stretch my calves (2 min.), foam roll (5 min), take a shower, apply biofreeze, put some compression socks and watch tv. And let me tell you, after 2 hours I was completely pain-free! I kept the socks on over night and feel amazing this morning!
I guess this will be my new way of treating my sore calves!
Do you have sore calves? How do you treat them?
Did your stride change over time?