Posted: 16/08/2014 at 11:30
What they all said. A common trap (that we've all fallen in to) is to to do your easy stuff too hard, and your hard stuff too easy. I'm just as guilty as the rest of us with this, perhaps more so.
FWIW I'm nowhere near my peak form at the moment, but all my base easy running is somewhere near 10min/mi compared to the 7:30-8 that I'd have done before.
IRON - Do you wear long compression socks then? I'm still struggling with tight calves but obviously my Achilles is still not 100%
I started to wear long compression socks some years ago and have sworn by them since - though my proof is purely anecdotal.
I don't feel the impact in the calves of long runs and fast sessions appear to have less impact on the calves. This in turn prevents achilles issues. Of course of late I've been doing some shorter easy running and fallen in to the trap of not wearing them (plus they can be a bugger to put on if they're tight). As my distances have increased I've neglected to wear them and suffered the consequences. Hence I have a RH calf like as tight as a violin string which is pulling on the tendon.
Volunteered at parkrun this morning so will head out on the bike later instead of running. At this stage a week off running should solve the issue, along with some rollering.