In both cases, the injuries have occurred within 5minutes of commencing the run, so I suspect that hydration isn't the problem. Having had a quick look at the structure of the calf, I suspect it's damege to the gastrocmenius.
In both cases, it had happened whilst running downhill. Just wondering in my attempt at not heel striking, if I'm slamming my foot down too hard and shock loading the muscle.
Two weeks ago i suffered from tenderness to the outside of my calf whilst running it down hill. The symptoms subsided after a couple of days and have spent the time since doing claf stretches and raises without any obvious recurrence of teh symptoms.
I went out for a quick run last night and the symptoms have returned.
It doesn't feel like a normal calf strain in that there isn't localsied tenderness, more of a bruised feeling spread over about 4". It is only slightly tender and is towards the oustside of the calf an inch or so back from the widest point of the leg and roughly 2-6" below the knee joint.
Any thoughts on what it might be and what the prognosis might be?
Ths is slightly off topic anyway, as the calf injuries I have suffered have tended to be on my slightly overpronating foot, where I suspect I lose form as I get tired.
I'm recognising that I need some form of additional support at the moment and was really trying to get a feel for whether I was better persevering my NHS orthotices which were prescribed after a quick 30 minute wham-bam analysis session, without any post prescription review or whether the Footbalance insoles might be a sensible option.
I'll certainly consider Saucony's when I replace the Nimbus, as they seem to fit my feet slightly better. The Nimbus should be good for a while yet.