Monday, November 2, 2009

Sore Calves & Halloween Pictures

I have sore calves. No other way to describe the pain I am in right now. According to the Newton website, you need to break your legs into the Newton's. Well, my first run in my Newton's was an 8 mile easy run and I felt great so after Baystate I resumed training as normal rotating the Newton's with my Brook's. Well after a few speed workouts in my Newton's and my calves are killing me. I would think I am injured but for the fact that the pain moves. At the beginning of the run the bottoms of my calves ache and by the end of my 16 mile run yesterday the tops of my calves were dying. And yes, I said dying. My muscles have never felt this sore before. I am also ok during the day, reinforcing the fact that this is just sore muscles.

When I started running 2 1/2 years ago, I had problems with my calves/shins. Maybe I am sensitive to pain, but my nerves tell my brain that I am in a lot of pain. It is really annoying because I know I am fine, but it is no fun running when your eyes are tearing from pain. But I must point out that I am not always in pain while I am running....Once I stop and stretch, the pain goes away. The problem is my calves cramp back up within another mile or so, so I stop way too many times to alleviate the cramps. I did make it for 10 miles yesterday with minimal stretching and at a good pace, the last 6 miles were a different story, but I did finish my run.

I am hoping my lack of miles this week and 2 days of rest on Friday and Saturday will leave me with fresh calves for my half marathon on Sunday. I am not in the mood to blow another race, so we will see how my legs handle 13.1 fast miles.

I would love any suggestions on how to stretch the poor things out. Normal calf stretches help while I am running along with stretching my hamstrings. At home I do more hamstring stretches and roll out the muscles, oh that feels really wonderful. (SARCASTIC, I hate the foam roller, but it does work.) I also don't plan on wearing my Newton's at all this week and I took the orthotics out of my shoes just in case they are worn out. Desperate measures.

Update to when I originally wrote this post....I am going to take the whole week off from running, rest is good. I am not sure this is just my calves or if a combination of new shoes and lack of recovery time has hurt me. I am going to give my legs a break this week and see how I do.

Hopefully you all had a great Halloween. Congrats to all the awesome racers out there. I spent my Halloween celebrating my daughter's 3rd birthday. Her birthday is Thanksgiving weekend, so I had the party early, so that I didn't have to cook for two celebrations so close together. Here are some pictures from the weekend.

My cake I made...


Our trick-or-treaters...


Dora & Diego (I look terrible, I was working on this party for 2 days straight and ran 8 miles that morning.)


Gabbie's new stroller...


The birthday girl...

7 comments:

Mel -Tall Mom on the Run said...

Oh how cute are those pictures!! Sorry about the leg pain buddy...I hope it passes soon.. Rest if you can.

HUGS!!

Jenn said...

Rest IS good. Two 26.2's and a 16 is a lot in 4 weeks. You ARE a maniac! Ouch-my calves are sore just reading your post! Keep stretching and resting and hopefully you'll be good to go Sunday! You are SO ready-think positive and you'll do great! Really-one negative thought can spell demise and I bet if you relax your body will cooperate! I think I need to take my own advice..lol! Good Luck! Cute pics by they way. Your oldest looks just like you and your youngest like your hubby!

Caroline said...

Oh, I've been meaning to try the Newtons one of these days - looks like they involve some breaking in time, though. Hope your legs are feeling better.

Like the Halloween pics, the costumes are so cute. And that cake is so perfectly perfect!!!!

Alison said...

Love the Halloween pics - Dora and Diego! How perfect!!

Happy early birthday to Gabbie, good thinking having her party early. At this age they don't really get it anyway. What a great cake, I love it!

Hope the leg pain works itself out. I've yet to foam roll, you're not making it sound very inciting! ;)

Lacey Nicole said...

you are super talented!!! that cake is amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!

my calves always are tight!!!! foam rolling and the stick has helped , and i think ice baths have too. def stay on top of those cuz i think they cause shin/knee problem if they continue to be sore/tight.

Matt (No Meat Athlete) said...

8 miles for your first run in the Newton's sounds like a lot to me! With my Vibrams, I have done it much more gradually. First 1 mile, then 3 miles twice a week for a few weeks, now 4 twice a week. I guess I heard too many horror stories about injuries. I definitely noticed the calf pain you're talking about after my first hilly 3-miler in them.

I used to walk around on my heels when I had shin/calf pain. Other than that, I just know of the lunging-type stretch. Good luck!

Paige said...

My doctor recommended a golf ball muscle roller which i use before and after i run, wow what a difference!! Everyone needs one,night and day difference! http://zzathletics.com/Golf-Ball-Muscle-Roller-Massager-GBMR1.htm