Abbers, have you been stretching your calves really well? What seems to work for me is to squat down on my heels, then slowly lean forward so all my weight shifts onto the front of one of my feet. Then you can push so that you are on each part of the front of your foot (think working the little toe area, then the middle toes, then the big toe). That should really stretch out the calves (in addition to standard wall stretching w/leg straight or bent). The other thing that really helps is to do eccentric calf exercises (stand on the stairs on just the front of the foot and slowly lower body, then use both legs to go back up and repeat). Those couple of moves have really helped me w/tight calves and a lot of the assoc. problems. Thought I'd throw it out just in case you weren't already doing these.
Gul, I'm dialed in for slow and/or easy for today and tomorrow
So not sure if it was the shoes or me finding a new gear tonight. But 13 miles w/10 at averages of 6:46/m and HR of 80%. No fatigue and could have kept on going (which has been rare on these runs to this point).
The Hokas had me bouncing all over in the first mile at speed. Kind of surprised me. Then I focused on really pushing into my steps and things straightened out in a hurry. Hard to describe but these shoes just seem to eat up the roughness of the road, particularly on downhills. You can push into it and not have any heavy impact. Also, my cadence was higher than usual and seemed to be easier to keep up the frequency as the shoes just seemed to bounce a bit for light, happy feet.
Iower, much respect to you for enduring the test! Well done and now you've got your benchmarks. Will be interesting to see the next number in 6 weeks.
OK...think I found a new gear tonight...
What a difference a few days can make. Was dead on my feet at end of Sunday's LR. Today just felt strong and in control the whole way. Could have easily kept going with the subLT miles. BTW, I pushed a bit on the last one just because it felt like a crime not to...so HR a bit higher than it needed to be.
The Hokas were an experience at speed. The first mile I felt like I was kind of floating around a bit, but then realized I could really push into my steps w/out any brutal feedback from the road. Ended up with a really nice spring in the steps and a lighter foot for higher cadence. Was much easier to focus on light, happy feet.
Abbers, yes, no visits to the fizz recently. PF and TFL calm now. Had some other hip weirdness last week but the LR magically made it disappear. Legs haven't felt this intact in a while (knock wood!!). Off for some MP in the Hokas....