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Author Topic: Long time VFF wearer, but first time runner with the C25K program. I have ?s!  (Read 864 times)
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« on: February 20, 2012, 09:35:37 PM »

I am not new to Vibrams, been wearing them well over a year and half, however I AM new to running.  My Vibrams worked so great on my back pain and plantar fasciitis that I finally was inspired to learn how to actually run and I put the C25K app on my phone to help train me.  I did as much research as I felt necessary on form and stretching and the like.  I just finished week one of the program (though in actuality it took me two weeks to be able to do all 3 week one workouts in a row) and I am mostly loving the running, but I have been experiencing some sharp pain in my right calf while running, mainly down near the bottom of the calf above the ankle.  I feel it worst when I run on an indoor track or the treadmill (in fact, I've never been able to finish half of a workout in one of those two arenas because the calf pain got so bad) however it is still present by the third or fourth running segment even when running outside.  Is this normal or am I possibly hurting myself? Am I still heel striking or striking too far forward?  I try to keep my back straight and my hands cupped with my arms at waist height (not chest height) when running, but as I never ran in "regular" running shoes, I hadn't really been thinking about my foot form when running.  Any advice would be greatly appreciated!
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« Reply #1 on: February 20, 2012, 10:45:27 PM »

I am in week 5 or 6 of running.  for the first 7 or 8 runs when I finished my calves would be blowing up. I took a week off and after the next run, my muscles had grown accustomed and I hurt no more.  I actually skipped the first 3 weeks of the program because I was already running a mile, just ran day 1 of week 4 today.

Would you say it's calf pain, ankle pain, or achilles pain?  No matter which one it is, I would take a week and go back.  If it's calf, stretch them and stretch them and stretch some more.  If it's ankle, do ankle turns and maybe ice a little. if it's achilles, stretch and ice.

Hope it gets better.
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« Reply #2 on: February 20, 2012, 11:09:28 PM »

It's definitely calf.  Low on the calf, but for sure above the ankle and achilles tendon.

I had read that I should only stretch AFTER the run cause stretching cold muscles before the run was bad.  I also found the calf pain to be worse if I stretched before I ran.  Am I doing it wrong?
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« Reply #3 on: February 20, 2012, 11:45:34 PM »

I wear compressions sleeves for my calves because my calves would be sore for a couple of days after a run. It's something to think about. The grain of salt is that compression clothing doesn't always work for everyone.
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« Reply #4 on: February 21, 2012, 12:05:10 AM »

My calves are just fine about 10 minutes after the run is done.  They only seem to bother me while actually running.
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« Reply #5 on: February 21, 2012, 01:10:56 AM »

I was stretching them after.  But, remember no matter what you read, that everyone is different.  I don't do a hardcore stretch before a run but I do some quick reaches and bends to get the kinks out.  a quick calf stretch before just might be the answer.

Is it possible that your technique is still a little flawed?  If you are landing all the way forward and not letting your heels touch ever, there will be extra stresses on the muscles.
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« Reply #6 on: February 21, 2012, 02:36:13 PM »

Stretching after, warm-up before. As warm-up lift your heels (stand on your toes) than lower them repeatedly in different directions until you feel them get warm. Then when you run make sure to use very quick short strides (it feels like running in place), forefoot strike but almost with a horizontal foot so your heel touches almost simultaneously, look right ahead and keep your shoulders back and back straight. Consciously relax the lower leg, no tension in either the back or front of the leg. For stretches stand with the front of one foot on a step and let your heel lower down below the step while relaxing the calf completely, 20 seconds each side.
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« Reply #7 on: February 21, 2012, 11:56:44 PM »

Thanks for the advice!  I'll try the suggested stretches before and see if it gets rid of the calf pain.
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« Reply #8 on: February 23, 2012, 02:17:04 PM »

I added precisions in my last post...
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