This is just getting annoying. Just about every time I run lately, both of my calf muscles begin to ache and throb. The pain progresses to the point that they feel so freakin tight that they just might snap. And while I'm all about some tight and toned calf muscles, they feel abnormally solid to the touch. My usual reaction is to stop and try to stretch them out on a curb or something, but they are so tight that doing so causes extreme discomfort and agony for a few moments. I wish I were exaggerating. I can only stretch them after allowing them to loosen up by walking it out. That's all good, but when I start running again, the tortuous cycle repeats itself. The good news is that this problem only lasts for the first 2-3 miles. After that, I guess they are warmed and loosened up enough.
During my 3 mile easy run last night, I acquired another pain on my right, inner calf. This strained spot (I guess it's a strain...) is on top of the overall calf pain. So now I have an injury on top of excruciating pain. Spectacular. I'm guessing that this was caused by trying to stretch it out during the run when it was so tight. When I got home, I did some good thorough stretching and iced it. This was in addition to icing my eye where Greg elbowed me. No, no...it wasn't intentional!! It was actually sorta, kinda my fault since it was a startled reaction to my tickling. Fortunately, I do not have a black eye today.
So anyway, back to the problem at hand...This morning, I decided to do my lower body pilates DVD before my run for some pre-run stretching and warming-up and it did seem to make a bit of a difference. My calves still both hurt all over and I still felt the strained area flaring up, but it subsided more quickly than usual.
What do you guys think? Have you ever experienced this? And is icing the right thing to do? Right now, it isn't stopping me from my running, but I'm afraid it will lead to a more serious injury that will. Please help!