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Subject: RE: CHRONIC CALF spasm/strain injury
This may be the reason for some people that get these calf injuries but definetely not me. Here is my story. Maybe some of you can relate.
At 40 years old, after about 15 years of non-running, I decided to fire the engines back up. I started off small (4 miles every other day)and eventually worked up to about 50-55 MPW. Over the past 3 years of my "come-back" I have had this calf injury about 15 times. Sometimes on the left calf, other times on the right. (I think this blows-out the above poster's theory about running in the same direction) By the way, each time I get one of these calf strains I am off about 2-6 weeks.
In the begining, I got these while just doing 20 MPW of easy running. Eventually after a year or so, and several of these injuries, I was able to bulid up my mileage to 40-50 MPW before blowing one out. Now it seems I get these calf injuries when I am either doing over 50 MPW OR am putting in some hard efforts during the week (i.e. a 10-15 long run at a hard effort, 1 day of intervals, and a 7 mile tempo run) Sadly, it always seems to occur when I feel like I am just starting to get in great aerobic shape.
I have tried calf raises to strengthen my calfs, heel inserts, orthotics, extensive stretches, icing, and other stuff to no avail. I believe that the reason for these injuries is simply that my muscles do not recover as fast as they used to. Fortunetely, I am able to handle more miles than before but it seems that I have hit my limit. Calf raises seem redundant since running would seem to be a great way to strengthen my calfs. If anything, I feel I should NOT do them so that I can give my calfs every possible minute to recover between runs. Seems logical, right ?
My only solution at this point is to cross-train a couple times a week instead of run. At this point this seems to be my best option unless someone has any better ideas ??
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