Tuesday, 28 October 2008

Need help

The calf insurrection seems to have gone global.

Obviously not a calf but, it's as close as I could get to one in my photo files.

I wrote Monday's post on Sunday night actually, so I didn't yet know how incredibly sore my calves were going to be upon waking up Monday. They are still horrendously tight today, so I skipped out on my 4 miler this morning. Which is fine since it's raining like crazy anyway.

My calves hurt a lot. Is cold stretching okay? I don't remember ever being in this situation before, so I have no idea what's good/bad to do. Please help me. This sucks.

17 comments:

Marcy said...

Break out a roller baby! If you don't have a foam roller or The Stick, try a rolling pin (I've heard peeps around here use them as well?! It probably works just the same) It will hurt like a mo-foer when you roll them out, but do you some good ;-)

Anonymous said...

You can have a warm bath or shower to warm yourself up then, stretch, gently...also soak in epsom salts too, that will help, get out and use those calves baby!!

Lily

joyRuN said...

I had that happen to me after a 5-mile race on the beach. My calves were knotted up for days. Definitely lots of roller & stretching action loosened it back up.

RazZDoodle said...

Rolling pin, rest, stretching and Vicodin.

MizFit said...

ooooh the rolling pin thing really works! (according to my marathon running sister...Id have no idea)

Brooke said...

I do the rolling pin...or when all else fails a bottle of wine :) not quite the same thing, as it doesn't really spin, but you can roll your leg over it..good enough if no rolling pin or appropriate implements can be found.

Jess said...

I'm with just about everyone else. Roll those babies out!

Ms. V. said...

Cold stretching is no good (I swear, I taught PE for 5 years). You can't stretch a cold muscle; it's like taking a rubber band out of the freezer and trying to stretch it.

First warm up with jumping jacks or mountain climbers, then stretch.

Good luck!

Nitmos said...

Yep, stretch repeatedly through the day. Loosen 'em back up! Damn cows. But nice job on the 20!!

Steve Stenzel said...

Yeah, rolling them out will help, but don't overdo it. Just roll over them a few times, kinda slow. Then stop and just rest. Take some time off.

GOOD LUCK!!

Viper said...

Wait, is this another quiz?

Don't forget your sodium and potassium intake.

tfh said...

Oh no! Well, you can't run 20 miles without suffering repurcussions, can you? I use the stick on my calves, but it actually feels better just to massage them with-- gasp-- my hands. I highly recommend warming them up that way (or taking a hot shower) and then trying stretching. Downward facing dog is one of my favorites for the calves. Hope they recover soon!

BeachRunner said...

Hot shower or bath and then stretch or roll them. You can gently stretch em on the edge of a stair too.

Kristina said...

I don't think anyone mentioned stretching yet, so you might want to try that ;)
I also massage my calves as deep as I can stand, which helps a lot, too.

Karen said...

"Roll'em"
Oh and latin is easier than greek. much easier. I tried Koine and Attic. Blah.

Marci said...

Roll them with the stick. You may also want to consider a sport massage (if you are not already) with the type of mileage you are putting in.

Meg said...

I agree with Marcy, my best experience loosening up my calves have been with the Stick. If you have access to a rolling pin, go for it! If not, try stretches against the wall, easing into them. Good luck and I hope they're feeling better!