No…I’m not going out for Korean or Chinese food…I’m unfortunately going to…
My right calf started to hurt 3 days ago. I massaged it and used the stick. Thursday morning, I got up to do my speed workout and as soon as I stepped out of bed, my calf was tight and it was difficult to walk. I decided to jump back into bed and rest. Same thing Friday morning. Good decision.
I realized that this pain has been brought on by a couple of things:
- Overtraining. I have transitioned to Hal Higdon’s Advanced I training, which includes a long run on the weekend and a medium distance run at race pace (though I haven’t done them at race pace).
- Treadmill training. I have trained on the treadmill more than any other training season. I have also increased my speed. This means, I have not been having the best form because I have been running on my toes more to keep up with the belt.
- Lack of sleep. I go to bed at 11 and wake up at 4:50ish. That is only 6 hours of sleep. I should be getting more!
- Nutrition. I have been eating fairly healthy, but should be eating more nutritious meals.
- Running Form. I think that I must run weird. After Hyannis half marathon last year, my right knee was in so much pain. My IT band was so tight. I limped for a couple of weeks. I had to foam roll it out. After marathons, it is always my right leg that hurts. NOW it’s my right calf. I must run in a way that strains my right leg more. I want to stop into Marathon Sports and get some advice. Maybe I need a motion control or stability shoe vs. the neutral shoe that I have been running in.
**I don’t know for sure if these are the reasons because I’m not a professional trainer, but I was making a guess.
I want to fix broken Little Miss Runshine, so I did some research. Can I use anything to speed the recovery? What about compression socks? Kinesthetic tape?
What is it? KTtape.com says:
It is a 100% cotton sheathe that is applied along muscles, ligaments, and tendons to provide lightweight, strong, external support that helps prevent injury and speed recovery. Depending on how it is applied, KT Tape supports, enables, or restricts soft tissue and its movement. By stretching and recoiling like a rubber band, KT Tape augments tissue function and distributes loads away from inflamed or damaged muscles and tendons,thereby protecting tissues from further injury.
By applying KT Tape over affected tissue, athletes experience an external support which helps to prevent further injury and allows the body’s damaged tissue to rest and heal naturally despite continued activity. KT Tape also reduces inflammation and increases circulation which prevents muscle cramping and lactic acid buildup.
It is said to help with injuries such as:
- Shin Splints
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Knee pain
It is said to provides pain relief, stability and support, as well as faster recovery for injured and sore muscles and joints.
After work Thursday, Dave and I went to find some KTtape. They had so many colors! I picked ORANGE! With the help of Dave, we put on this cool looking tape with the help of their handy dandy YouTube video. You can wear it for a couple of days and shower with it on (whew good, I don’t want to smell!). I showered with it on and it didn’t get all soggy and annoying.
But I didn’t just want to stop at KT tape. I went to look at compression socks as well..
So what’s the deal with compression socks?
On the blog Science of Running I read that when you are standing, your blood can pool at the lower part of your legs. Compression socks help the circulation, bringing that extra oxygen mentioned above.
I saw a post that was very relevant on Runner Dude’s blog which pointed me to CEP Compression.com to find out the following information… Compression socks optimize pressure flow which then maximizes the amount of oxygen and energy during performance and recovery. They can help prevent the following:
- Shin Splints
- Achilles Issues
- Micro Muscle tears
- Vibration trauma
- Blood clots from travel
- Reduce lactate acid production (Keep your eyes open for a blog post on this topic!)
I know Jess at Blonde Ponytail is a promoter of the Recovery sock, so I emailed her a few questions about them. And she loves her socks for all the reasons above! I checked out their website, and I might look into purchasing a pair of those! I can get a 15% discount because Jess is a promoter!
After work Friday, Dave and I hit Marathon Sports up and I got my very first pair of compression socks! I got the CW-X Compression socks. The woman helping me at the store said they were a good starter because they weren’t super intense. I wish I had seen these post earlier and used compression socks earlier to prevent any pains. I’m excited to see how these babies work!
Luckily, this weekend I have a 14 miler planned instead of a 20 miler. I want to aim for a 9 min average pace instead of my 8:30 that I was doing for my 20 milers. I might rest today too to ensure enough time to heal. But my calf feels a little looser so maybe I will get a comfortably paced 4 or 5 miler in and wear my compression socks!!!
SUMMARY OF MY REPAIR:
Wednesday: My 5 miler and Jillian Michaels 6 Pack in Six Weeks. Slightly tight calf, but not too bad
Thursday: REST. Really tight calf…I limp a little bit! I put KT tape on.
Friday: REST. Still Really tight calf, and I still limp. I still had the KT tape on. I bought some compression socks and wore them Friday night and Saturday morning.
Saturday: REST or maybe 4/5 miler.
P.S. I feel guilty. I feel so jealous seeing everyone work out. I want to run through the pain, but I know that this calf pain is a little more than my dinky twisted ankle.
Have you ever strained your calf? How did you fix it? RICE?
I think RICE is going to make me go crazy. I want to work out!
Do you like trying new gizmos?
Not going to lie, I feel pretty bad A wearing KT tape!! And compression socks look really cute!
Do you use recovery socks or KT tape? What do you think of them?
I am SO excited to see how much they help! Plus I want to get some fun colored socks!
Do you think I should rest today?
Have you ever increased your training and had some problems with your body dealing with it? What did you do?
Now that I have had my first encounter with something forcing me to rest during my Boston Marathon training, I think I am going to have to be more careful with my training and be sure to take care of my body. I am going to monitor my nutrition better, wear compression/recovery socks after runs (and maybe start to during runs after I get used to them), be sure to stretch, and do some more research on improving my performance and staying uninjured.