I’m taking a couple of rest days because of my calves, but it’s going to be really hard to do.
My 20-miler is looming, and the thought of not running at all this week (taking off Tuesday and Wednesday, and can’t run Thursday because it’s the day before my 20-miler), is frightening. In fact, I may try to run a little Wednesday evening — just a couple miles — to make sure they are feeling better.
I’ve been doing a lot of reading and listening (to your advice), and I’m trying it all: massage, hydration, nutrition, rest, stretching. I started taking my vitamins again last night. I quit taking them several weeks ago because they were making me nauseous. But I’ll deal with that if it helps my calves (and ultimately gets me to my marathon healthy).
This morning on my way to work, I took my vitamins, massaged my calves, and started off the day with 44 ounces of water. Then I had a second cup of coffee (mostly because I was freezing). I was sitting at my desk before lunch and my calves started cramping! I massaged them, but it didn’t seem to help. Then, I drank some Nuun and I think that’s working. I wonder if it’s a salt issue.
Normally, on my long runs, I fill one of my pods with Nuun. I didn’t do that this time. I took a GU and a PowerGel on my 14-miler on Friday, but no Nuun. I don’t think that’s the first time I’ve gone without Nuun, though, so I’m not sure. Maybe because it was so warm out on Friday. Maybe I needed more salt because I lost more?
Oh, and Mr. T got me some gel heel lifts for my shoes. I’m willing to try whatever! If all this doesn’t work, then I’ll go see a professional.
I want to do some sort of cross training in lieu of running this week, but I’m not sure what to do. Something that doesn’t use the calf muscles. Any suggestions?