Even a simple google search will yield thousands of results that point to your calves actually being the culprit. The problem is that my calves have always been tight. Not tight in a good way, like: “Tiger Woods’ wife is TIGHT, why would he cheat on her?!”, more like “my calves are so tight they feel like I’m storing baseballs for winter like a chipmunk”.
During a very quick 2 mile run on a treadmill last night, I was bit by the shin splint bug. I know that I am being hyper sensitive, but I can’t help but be a little concerned that I am pushing a little bit too far too fast. It was the first time that I’ve tried to run two days in a row, so I guess my body just isn’t ready for that yet. Either that, or the busted up treadmill in my hotel was harder on my legs than a mobster with a baseball bat.
So, my action plan is as follows:
- Stretch 3x a day. I’m going to stretch after I work out (duh), going to stretch in the morning after I am up and moving, and I will stretch just after lunch (after I have been up and moving to the feed bag).
- I am going to sacrifice no less than 4 chickens a day to the running injury gods.
- Take a step back week on my long run next week. I’m probably due.
- Only run 4x a week.
- Work hard to run on soft surfaces. Phoenix has an excellent canal system that offers miles of gravel on which I can plod along.