I've had problems with calves on and off. Massage definitely helps. However, consultant and physio both suggested it might also be related to a niggling lower back stiffness. So it might be worth checking that out?
I find I can't get enough pressume through my calves to make rolling them very effective, so I rest them on a spikey ball. Although I do wish I'd bought a hard but non-spikey one.
I like recording time, pace and distance - especially now I'm coming back from injury, as I can see an improvement each week. After spending a lot of last year on crutches it's a real motivation to see how I've gone from 2 mins to 20 mins in a few months.
Whilst I was out of action I did read a lot about the science, to try and stay engaged with a hobby I was really starting to love, even if I couldn't even walk. I like to think the plan I devised was the reason my husband's 10k time went from 64 to 59 mins.