I recently started running with an athletics team i joined about a month ago and I have been receiving these really bad pains in both of my calves. I do stretch out before running and I also warm up prior to running. I just wanted to know if it is normal because I just started running quite longer distances (we train by runinng 1600m+ about 3 times or more with 2-3 minutes rest in between and I am new to this) and was thinking that it might be due to my legs not being able to cope with the sudden large load of pressure? Does the pains mean that my legs are adapting or is it like a syndrome or something else bad? Also what are good techniques or methods to treat these pains and also how to avoid them reoccuring in the future? What should I do directly after finishing training? (i.e. hot bath/shower, massage more) And also does using compression sleeves for calves work and sprays such as Deep Heat and Deep Freeaze gel work and if so when should I use them? I already am trying a deep tissue technique from a video I saw...
You are never too late in your teenage years imo, I am 18 myself and only started running 2-3 months ago and I have the same dream as you do. It all depends on yourself, if you are dedicated enough, have some natural ability and can avoid injury, you will achieve your dream of competing in Rio or maybe in the 2020 Olympics.
Think of most of the British gold medalists and listen to their stories, some of them only took up the sport 3-4 years ago just as you are doing, just stick at it and you can achieve anything.
Much appreciated Mike, it is motivating to hear that. I will try even harder and put in much more work to try and reach the top if possible, I hope you do aswell!
Well basically this is my second post and I just wanted to know if its too late to compete for a place in the olympics (ambitious i know)... Im currently 17 and turn 18 next year and I've contacted my local athletics club and they are willing to take me on board and I have to go to chat with them next month. I currently go for a run every 2 days with a rest day in between. I progress my running duration as the days go by. I am willing to do extra training such as plyometrics or anything else to help develop myself and also change my diet. Oh yeah I do the 800m and 400m. Just want honest opinions on whether its quite late as most runners do start training from young also constructive criticism would help.