Can anyone help!
Over the last two months I've found that when running after about 2 / 3 miles my right calf tightens and rather than continue running for fear of injury I stop, walk home and do some stretching. I had a deep tissue massage earlier this week and was told that my right side was tighter than the left, the main areas being by calf and quads. Off the back of this I was advised that I should add a stretching session to my marathon training programme (I due to run the MK marathon) and also my after run stretches should be held for 1 minute as opposed to the 20 seconds that I'd been doing. I also attend vibro training sessions, the focus on these sessions has been to loosen up the tightness and improve blood flow but now I want to focus on strength.
Has anyone any suggestions how I can get rid of this problem, is it a matter of strength and stretching exercises for my calf and if yes, do I limit my mileage for a period which is depressing as I really looking to put in some decent distance runs as part of my marathon training.
I ran today and found that I started to feel a slight tightness after 2 miles but I kept running to see if I could run it off. Although still tight I completed 3.5 miles finding that at some points I felt the tightness and at others it appeared to relieve itself. Should I run through the tightness and get in more miles or am I just setting myself up for a serious injury?
Looking forward to the responses.
Have you looked at purchasing some calf compression sleeves? I've heard from numerous people (myself included) that these do help.
These cost about £20 - £30 and are quite good value but shop around other than that try some strength training i.e. weights for your calf.
To prevent your injury, ensure you keep getting it massaged.
Good to hear from you Adam, maybe between the two of us we can find an answer especially as we have marathon targets which are only a week apart.
I've found it fustrating not being able to get in any distance runs but I am focussing on some strength and stretching work. I'll check YouTube, let me know about the roller sounds interesting and if it works all the better.
Hope the 6 mile run goes OK, I'm hoping to get in a few 3 - 5 mile runs in the week and hopefully a decent distance on Saturday.
Hi, i tore my calf at the start of october last year.Managed to get back two to three miling after xmas but suffered with tightening,I saw a local physio had a couple of sports massages [ eye watering] but fingers crossed have been pain free since,use a foam roller as well irons out the tight spots.
He also advised stretching three times a day and jumping on the spot 3x30 before a run to get the blood into the calfs.
I also wear 2xu calf gaurds which i have found pretty good.
Sorry to keep going but i have found standing in my dustbin[cleaned out] full of water very cold for 10 mins post run has helped as well.
hope your training kicks on and you stay pain free.
Easy jog to vibro training this morning and then 10 minutes on the vibro machine, nothing excessive just a warm up to get me ready for a 2 mile easy run. All was good until 1.5 miles into the run and then the infamous calf muscle tightness set in but I managed to complete the run and end with some stretching (holding stretches for 1 minute). Tonight the calf muscle still feels tight and I'm sure it's crept up my hamstring.
Can you overdo the stretching? is a minute for each stretch too long?
I have suffered tightening of calves when I run over 10 miles. Its a gradual tightening which if I then didnt adjust my style to stretch the calf on the move then they would then pull (weeks out)
I have done many things; (marks out of 10 for impact by each)
1-strengthened glutes - 7
2- stretches -6
3- calf sleeves -4
4-moved from toe/forefoot runner to mid foot (v hard) - 8
5- calf strengthening -?
6- moving ankle around whilst running ( stretches on the move) - 8
7- concentrating on not under pronating (in fact trying to force my foot to strike more on the indside rather than outside) -8
8- Kinisiology tape -9
sometimes when things have worked it has resulted in better calf but painful quads.
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