Last night was Couch to 5k Week 9 Run 3 - the “graduating” Run. I’ve always done my running on the road in my New Balance Vongo shoes during the program, but my wife’s been priming me for the park running she does. So I bought some Inov-8 Parkclaw shoes for the occasion. This was my first run in them. I‘d worn them around the house and they were very comfortable.
We went to the local parkrun site and I did my 5 minute warm-up walk and then had to wait another 10 minutes before starting to run. For this graduating run I ran in a charity 5k on trails, nothing major, but certainly the trails were windy (as in winding around), and the course was more uneven than the pavements I’m used to.
After only 1.3 miles I felt pain in my calf, struggled on a little further but had to stop as it was so uncomfortable. I did some painful stretches to ease the discomfort but it was still majorly sore. Never had this happen in all the preceding 9 weeks.
So many factors could have caused this - new environment, new shoes, gap between warming up and setting off running. If you’ve had something similar happen to you I’d be pleased to hear about it. Or if you’ve got some good advice. Thank you!