Monday, March 2, 2009

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Over the last couple of weeks I have been noticing weird aches in my lower legs. Saturday I was scheduled to run 20 miles, I hadn't even made it to the end of my street when both of my calves started burning. I thought if I stretched and walked for a minute they would loosen up. Well, no such luck. I would run for a minute, then I would HAVE to stop. My calves felt like they were going to explode! And my feet were going numb. Has anyone else experienced this?? I ended up just walking home with a total mileage of 1.83. I was so mad! Disappointed! Frustrated! The hubby (love him) rubbed out my calves with Biofreeze, which hurt so bad it brought tears to my eyes. 

I went on an easy "test" run this morning and my calves still were a little tight, but not completely debilitating like Saturday's run. I ran 5 miles and felt pretty good, my shins are kind of achy this afternoon...hope it isn't a bad omen.  

20 comments:

Marlene said...

Oh crap, I am so sorry to hear that! :(

Glad to hear the calves felt better this morning - I hope they continue to improve!

Blyfinn said...

wow I have never heard of that before. I'm glad to hear that it was hopefully just a one time thing.

Rookie on the Run said...

Wow! That must have been painful... and disappointing. I'm glad your calves are feeling better today. Hopefully, it was just a fluke and won't happen again.

Denise said...

That sounds horrible. Were you wearing new shoes or did you wear different shoes to work, etc the day before?

The Happy Runner said...

I've never had anything like that happen, so I'm no help. I hope it doesn't happen to you again!

RunWithMe said...

Oh that stinks! This has never happened to me, but I know my husband struggles with calf pain. He has recently started going to a deep tissue massage person who is helping to work out some of the kinks. Have you recently changed your exercise routine or done anthing differently?

Jennifer :-) said...

P90X. Have you been doing Plyo? My calves were killing me the first time I did it - I have since backed off on how high I jump and do the "modified" version. The pain felt like shin splints, which I used to get when I played basketball. Hope that helps.

Nurse Heidi said...

If you're doing the P90X religiously, I suspect that's the culprit. Perhaps your muscles are growing faster than the muscle sheath is, which then puts pressure internally on the nerves and blood vessels, hence the numb feet. I'd back off on any calf work.

aron said...

oh no!!!! that doesnt sound fun at all :( hope they are back to normal soon!

Kim said...

We had a guy in our running group who had horrible calf issues. After he ran-you could just see them quiver. They were so tight.

Do you need to stretch them out? Maybe take some electrolytes?

Hope it gets better soon!

Janice {Run Far} said...

dang, how frustrating. Hope you can figure out the problem and then solve it. Good luck.

Run Mommy said...

Wow that is nasty. I have several problems with my calves all the time but not this. Maybe some rest is in order?

joyRuN said...

What is that? I've never had it, so I unfortunately don't have any advice.

Good luck & hope it doesn't happen again.

X-Country2 said...

Calf pains are the worst. Take care, keep stretching, and rest up.

I Run for Fun said...

I am so sorry to hear your calves froze on you. It has happened to me during a swim before. Bizarre feeling! Glad you are feeling better. Take it easy and hope the pain goes away completely!

Joe said...

Check your hydration, stretch a lot and go easy for a week or so. I'm not doctor, but I play one on blogs!

Joe
www.fitnessgeekga.wordpress.com

RunnerDude said...

How old are your shoes? I had a calf blowout during a marathon and the doc said it was due to my shoes being worn out. I knew not to run in them but the newer ones I had didn't feel right either. He also told me I had very little padding on my feet and that I should replace the cheap insoles that come with the shoe with one that has more cushion. I've done that ever since and have notice a big difference.
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RunningLaur said...

I've had almost the same thing happen - the numb feet along with severe calf pain. I haven't figured out what it is, but it comes and goes.

Hope you figure out what it is if it comes back!

RunnerMom said...

A friend of mine training for Boston was experiencing foot numbness and pain down one leg--but hers was from her lower back all the way down. She had a couple of MRI's and has to go to PT. She had to defer Boston to 2010. I hope yours is just soreness/tightness from that P90X.
Feel better soon!

BommaMama said...

OUCH oh my gosh how frustrating - and for that to happen so soon into your long run. Keep us posted - hopefully it was just a rare occurrence and not related to anything worrisome. I don't know what P90X is but I suspect if calf work is involved, that could have been it...? Good luck!!!