Sore Calves - ouch!! never run before but have loved getting to 5k three times a week thru this podcast but now my calves are killing me

I have checked my shoes at a running shop and they are right, I have been to a physio and been given some stretches which I do - but they are still murder. Any tips?? It all started with me being stupid, fed up after a 4 hour drive for work I changed into shorts and ran for half an hour without warming up. Idiot. Have not really been good since. Have just taken a week off and cannot believe it - I am missing running - and they still ache a little

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  • Stick with the stretches, I think they'll help. When I did something similar to myself I could hardly straighten my legs and going up and down stairs was agony. I found myself stretching those muscles gently when I was sitting or standing. Be gentle with yourself when you go for your next run - nice and slow, no hills if possible and have walking breaks if necessary.

    The two things that really help me were time and Deep Heat!

  • Check out the recent post here about a foam roller. That will sort you out!

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