Hallo, after graduating back in May I've been pootling along nice and steady usually covering 4-5k (I'm quite chunky and slow). I haven't been getting out as much now the evenings are darker but usually once or twice a week. I've been really lucky so far and had no injuries but today I got a localised cramp in the middle of my calf which made me stop and walk awhile but I managed to walk/jog home. Its not hugely painful but still there especially when i flex my toes towards my knees. Just wondering if anyone had any advice or if its best to rest it for a while?
Any suggestions for calf pain: Hallo, after... - Couch to 5K
There can be other causes, but hydration a big factor with cramping... were you thirsty at any point before the run? Sipping water all day will stop that feeling and thirst is a slight dehydration. Also keeping up with the post run stretches and cross training like yoga can help... as can foam rolling, a wonderfully effective self torture routine. A lot of other cramps come at the limits of our fitness so footballers tend to suffer them if a game goes into extra time... you’re not indicating either pushing speed or distance so I don’t think it’s that.
If it’s just a cramp you may be more susceptible to them again for a little while so drop the pace a little if you can. If it persists try an extra rest day and/or go see a physio and get it checked out.
I ran 5k on Christmas Day, and then went out again for 5k on Boxing Day. I walked to warm up but leg felt crappy part way on run, it then disappeared until I was almost at the end. Oh boy did it then grab me. I could hardly walk. The pain later in the day was still there and it is still uncomfortable five days later. I went in my usual Park Run Saturday but walked most of the way. I am now scared to run again. I tried a foam roller but to be honest I didn’t know what to do with it properly. I am so new to all this! I feel your pain (and mine 😪)