What It’s Like When I Run

Yesterday Adam, Cecil and I slept in :). We considered Sunday our bonus day since we all have today off of work! Why isn’t today our bonus day? Who knows, that’s just what we decided haha.

Adam and I have been talking about buying a grill, so once we got ourselves up and dressed we headed out to Home Depot.

We picked out a nice looking grill at a good price. They offered to let us have one that was already assembled but it wouldn’t have fit into my car, so we had to bring one home in the box.

Adam got to work putting it together while I headed out for a run.

The feels like temp was 102*F! It definitely felt like a hotter than hot day out! I saw that Miami reached record highs for a day in May, and Fort Lauderdale was just two degrees away from breaking the record. But global warming is a hoax.

As I’m sure you noticed I’ve been complaining about my calves more than usual lately. They are honestly bothering me worst than ever. I’m going to see my PT this week, so I decided I should take detailed notes about exactly how I’m feeling during my runs.

The other day my calves were insanely tight but I ran through it and by the time I hit mile two I could barely put one foot in front of the other. Obviously this is not good and I probably should not try and run through anything that is painful. I won’t do that again.

Yesterday I decided I would stop and stretch my calves/take a break whenever they got tight and see how that went. I intended to only run for 30 minutes because I read an article saying you could do damage to the muscle if you try and run through serious calf issues.

I made it eight minutes into the run before my calves were feeling tight — I could feel a lot of pressure and it was uncomfortable to keep moving forward, but my gait wasn’t changing and I didn’t feel any actual PAIN.

I stopped and stretched both calves, plus I did a set of 10 calf raises and then 10 single calf raises on each leg. After that my calves felt fine so I carried on with the run.

I made it to 16 minutes before my calves were once again feeling that tight and uncomfortable feeling (but not quite the pain I felt the other day). Once again I stopped to stretch, and then I waited until they felt normal before resuming the run.

After that I was feeling pretty good and I was even able to comfortably pick up the pace by about 30 seconds.

That good feeling lasted about 10 minutes this time (a small improvement). At 27 minutes into the run my calves felt that pressure build up again and I had to stop and stretch.

When I say “stop and stretch” I really mean it in that order. My calves are so tight when I first stop running that I need to give them about a minute or two before I can comfortably begin stretching them.

It was annoying to have to stop at 27:41 when I knew I was only going to be running for 30 minutes, but I didn’t want to get to the point where I was hobbling in pain again.

After this last stop obviously I was able to make it home without another stretching break. By the end of the 30 minutes I felt okay. My moving time was 30 minutes but my elapsed time was 47:40. That means I spent over 17 minutes stopping and stretching during a 30 minute run.

That’s not good. I mean, imagine if I had to stop and do that in a race. I literally would never finish!

I’ve read some forums online where other runners have experienced relief from deep tissue massage. I’m hopeful that a massage plus an increase in strengthening my hamstrings and glutes will help me get over this calf thing for good. It’s been going on now since January 2016 and it seems to be getting progressively worse.

I have big goals to achieve this year and I need to get this figured out asap. Hopefully seeing my PT will help, but I’ve also made an appointment to see a sports doctor as well just in case. It’s time to get this case solved!

I hope you have a safe and happy Memorial Day!

6 comments

  1. Lisa @ Mile by Mile

    Thats so frustrating that your calves have gotten worse! I hope you get some answers from your PT and doctor.

    1. Kristina

      Thanks Lisa! I know no one understands the frustration like you do!

  2. Megan @ Meg Go Run

    Man I am sorry your calves hurt so much. That is crazy. And it seems like resting doesn’t help, right? I really hope you figure out what’s going on. It’s crazy you and Ali both have that calf pain.
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    1. Kristina

      Nope resting doesn’t help at all. I took 2 days off in a row last week thinking by day 3 running would be a breeze but the tightness came back just a few minutes into the run 🙁 I have been doing a lot of reading on deep tissue massage and ART and am hopeful. I know Ali is hopeful that it’s compartment syndrome for her so she can have the surgery and be on her way, but I am terrified of surgery since I’ve never had one so I am the opposite!
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  3. Susan

    I am glad you are going to get it checked out! You deserve pain free running, my friend!

    1. Kristina

      Thank you Susan! I really need you guys to push me on this. I was stuck in a cycle of thinking, “oh it will get better” from the tightness coming and going over the course of all these months. You really reminded me that it’s not normal!

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