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Discussion: Calves

in: acjospe; acjospe > 2015-11-01

Nov 3, 2015 2:18 AM # 
So, that's normal? Since shifting to a barefoot technique, I notice when we get out for classic x-country that my calves are excruciatingly miserable for about the first mile, and then they just seem to stop burning and I never notice them again. Usually a bit sore the next day, but nothing too bad. It's just getting through the that first mile that is dreadful, even if it's relatively flat. Jon never has issues, so I had just figured I was defective somehow...
Nov 3, 2015 3:15 AM # 
No, not normal, at least to the extent of Alex's problems. Her calves are definitely defective (I think I can get away with saying that since I have spent hours massaging them trying to fix them to no great long term relief).
Nov 3, 2015 3:28 AM # 
No, not normal. Possibly chronic exertional compartment syndrome again, as I did have a compartment released in my shin in 2007, but when I got tested again in 2011 the pressure was on the high end of normal, so I've been trying to treat with massage since then. No real reliable way to keep this from happening except extreme rest, which is not something I do very well. Or, not skating up mountains or in bad snow conditions.

Strange that for your it's classic technique that makes your calves burn - could be a lack of balance/proprioception keeping all your stabilizer muscles going crazy, or maybe just boots that don't fit right? Next time you go skiing, see if you can consciously relax your feet. You may find you're actually keeping your toes squished up or something. I wouldn't jump to call you as defective as me, yet :)
Nov 7, 2015 6:46 PM # 
Jon does barefoot running? That adds a layer of complexity to his worldview that I never picked up on.
Nov 7, 2015 8:48 PM # 
No, he's modified his strike pattern to be more forefoot than heel, I think...I'm the one that resists shoes (along with modifying my form).

Funny, defective is the word Jon usually applies to my calves when I'm pleading for a massage. Could be proprioception. I think my stabilizers work overtime to deal with my hip / ab issues when I run. I'll have to remember to think about relaxing my feet, good idea. hmm....

Argh, compartment syndrome. I've heard about that, hope it's manageable.
Nov 8, 2015 12:12 AM # 
Ah, ok. That sounds more like the Jon I know :)

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