I do a lot of stretching as part of my training (I’d like to keep my splits throughout this little endeavor) but right now I’m more concerned with keeping my calves from cramping. It’s been a recurring problem for which I’ve tried supplementation, changes in stride, more hydration, different shoes, different insoles, massage, and endless stretching but to no avail. I’m having to stop and stretch during all of my runs which is incredibly frustrating. (Again, I find that I am grateful that I postponed my marathon.)
The problem, it turns out is that my achilles tendons are very tight – my physical therapist says she sees it a lot in dancers. The most frustrating thing isn’t the cramping though, it’s the way that it’s messing with my training for the run. Once the cramping starts, it won’t stop until I take a stretching break. So my actual running is getting faster, but my overall times are staying the same or getting even longer because of the stretch breaks. Also taking tons of breaks isn’t helping to increase my endurance.
So running continues to be frustrating but I will not be stopped. I’ll keep going to PT, keep doing my stretches, and keep running until I cross the finish line.
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