the nerve injury was in my right leg, outside of my calf, the stress fracture was my left foot, 2nd metatarsal. ive been doing drills usually everyday, high knees, to kick out's, to butt-kicks, and then the "every third step rotation of leg one." (not sure what its called)
Make certain you are really practicing the hips forward on every step of every run. I had the outside of the calf thing....it goes away with rest as you must have found but the genesis was up in my hip -- basically a sciatic nerve issue (that ends on the outside of your calf). I dont know if it is th same thing but my intuition is that it is close. The stress fracture may have been some compensation?
Start slow and from scratch. Rebuild you form as a strider with more back-end mechanics and you will regain your durability. The power, running economy, lactic acid tolerance and all the things that made you run fast before will graft onto the new form and you will get faster because you can do more of the training.
Best of luck....the work from now until January is boring and repitive...you just need to set you benchmarks of getting the volume up slowly, getting you lifting and drills in, and be patient with the quality.[/quote]
Yep, I,ve had the same calf problem too and it was sciatic nerve related. And its true for me also that focusing on posture helped a lot, getting the hips forward under the trunk by activating your transverse abdominus. This minimises heel striking, and lets you land more forefooted.
OldSub4, I'm sorry I need to clarify what you wrote regarding "catching your footstrike" again. Am I right to interpret this as part of picking our feet up from the ground as quickly as possible, thus minimising ground contact time (and other stuff like overpronation)? This sounds like it could increase leg turnover as well.