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Author Topic: cant get past calf pain
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Post cant get past calf pain
on: 2012 Nov 11 Sun, 15:49
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Howdy everyone.

I'm 40 and, via Born to Run, Barefoot Ken Bob's book and a variety of other sources, have got religion about barefoot running. I've run 4 marathons over 20 years and have been a hot and cold shod runner over the years.

Last winter I began running barefoot on a treadmill to start the transition. I found Ken Bob's book very helpful and found a natural motion that makes sense to me. This went well and I slowly increased from 0.5 miles every other day to 2 miles every other day over a period of a few weeks. From the very beginning the primary limitation was calf cramping and pain that would occur near the end of the run. I listened to my body and guided my progress that way. I got to the point of having some calf tightness after each run that would resolve by the next day - then I would run the next day. I converted to Vibrams when running outside.

Then one day I developed sudden and severe right calf pain after having just starting a run that felt like a muscle tear. That took a few weeks to recover from.

After that I tried doing calf raises every day for several weeks before starting out again. I've had my first short run now and still contend with persistent calf tightness that takes days to resolve. I look like a 90 year old when going down stairs.

I remain dedicated to trying to convert my legs to a more natural and healthy motion but am running out of ideas (and gaining weight).

"Obi-Wan, you are my only hope."

Thanks!

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Post Re: cant get past calf pain
on: 2012 Nov 11 Sun, 15:52
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Relax the calves... Don't push them. Lift the feet (be sure to make an effort to lift the front of your foot, not only the heel). Don't push your feet into the ground.

May the force be with you, but don't "force" it.

Have Fun,
-Ken Bob Saxton

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