Calf muscle problems - getting better

A definite improvement with the calf muscles. Signed up for a cut price 3 month membership of the E. Riding Council gym in Withernsea. Includes access to the gym, swimming and classes. The Gym instructor who did my induction wants to try running so I recommended C25k ! They will work out a fitness plan for me to get me back on track with the running. Lots of helpful advice re calf muscles (they have a foam roller). Feeling better about it, for anyone else who has had a setback, don't give up !

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  • Just the kind of encouragement, I need, thanks! :)

  • Good luck !

  • I did have quite a bit of pain with calf muscles early on - but not so much now. Occasionally I still get some "twinges" .

    Personally, I think that the calf muscles of beginning runners get quite a "shock" - so it's no wonder that we get pain with them. The only solution is - more running!!! :)

  • Had trouble with my calves, which are still stiff, and was beginning to spread to Achilles. One of the instructors at the gym said to do one minute stretches - both feet at once off the bottom step of the stairs - ball of foot on stair, drop heels back down off stair. Hold a minute, rest a minute. Repeat four times. Do twice a day or three times if you feel the need, but not first thing in the morning if you are stiff then. He also suggested ankle circles. I still do it several times a week & should do them every day.

  • More running is definitely in the plan ! Agree re the shock to the system.

  • It's true that your calves ache early on in your running adventures. As you get stronger you build up your running legs and the niggles should go. Do your post run stretches, and make sure your body is warm before you start running

  • Thanks Miss Wobble, hoping to build up some strength in the gym. Stretches will have to become part of the routine.

  • ive had lots of calf issues from running in the past... both have pulled and i've needed physio on both. Haven't run for since this time last year, so 4 weeks ago i started C25K to break my calves in gently, and so far so good.. they seem to be holding up ok.. a few twinges but nothing major... so i'm happy, make sure i warm up and down properly and stretch them after runs.

  • Good for you and good luck with your C25k, it's a great programme.

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