Hi – I’m training for my first 50 mile trail race and have been reading through Training for the Uphill Athlete recently.
In the book, it mentions listening to your body and puts forth a guideline to the effect of: If your body feels crappy two days in a row, it’s time to step back and re-evaluate things.
Over the past 8 days, my calves have felt varying levels of discomfort. The discomfort is more pronounced in my left calf and is worse when walking down stairs or down a hill. It also seems to feel okay during exercise (11 mile trail run yesterday with 2,000 feet of gain/loss posed few issues outside of very occasionally feeling a slight tinge), and it feels the worst when I’ve been immobile and try to get going, after sitting on the couch, on the bus, or at my desk for an extended period of time. Biking seems to have no effect.
Initially, I thought I was wearing worn-out shoes, but since buying new shoes, the discomfort has not gone away. And I feel it even when walking around barefoot.
Any ideas on what may be wrong? Is the obvious answer to stop running completely for as long as it takes to completely go away? It’s confusing because it doesn’t feel terrible when I’m running.