Does anyone else get pain in their calves after doing a run and do you know why?
Everytime I go for a run my calves are killing the next day, I have new runners which have been broke in so I can't figure out why. Can anyone tell me what I am doing wrong?
We share the same experience every time I run with new shoes and follow a rougher course than my usual.
When i used to run (back in the day), I used to get painful calf spasms a few hours after I finished my run. Eventually, my family doctor suggested that it may be due to a shortage of potassium (lost during sweating, etc.). He suggested that I eat a banana or two, every day after I want running. Problem solved!
You might want to try it, just to see ...can't hurt to try. Bananas are high in potassium, otherwise you could take a potassium supplement.
I think it often comes from tightness. I have a lot of experience with that, in fact, that might be why I am not as fast as I should be. Also, it could come from your running form. If you are doing something slightly off, it could cause pain. Another thing it could be, is until you are used to running that distance, you will often get pain and tightness in your calves after you run. There are many things that it could be, and I have probably experienced a lot, if not most of them. It could also come from prior injuries. I seriously sprained my right ankle while running, when I was (I think) 13, and now every so often, I have pain there when I am running. So, in conclusion, there are many possible reasons why you have pain in your calves after you run.
It does fell like the sort of muscle tightness you would get if you just started back after a couple of weeks out but this seems to happen all the time after running and it takes a few days to disappear, Thanks for your answer number2son.
How long have you been running this distance?
Realistically this is my fifth time running it and about a week and half in between runs.
That explains it. Your body is still not used to that distance, and with how long in between each time, it will probably take longer for your body to get used to it, than if you did it more often.
Anthony - It may be due to poor circulation in your feet/legs. Try putting your feet/legs up for a while, see if it helps. Another thing you might try, for better circulation and better running form, are "compression socks" made especially for this...they are worn by professional althlete's too. See their website: Medi. They are sold here in medical stores, but can be very costly, about $72.(US) I have worn them and they work very well, very comfortable, legs/ankles/feet, feel good, help keep your feet dryer too.
I have seen other runners with them and never really knew why, sort of thought they were for keeping heat in..... shows you how much I know.
Anthony - These special socks are woven by computerized technology, they actually massage your feet/legs with each step you take.
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