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Old 09-30-2008, 10:16 AM   #1
Blaine Johnson
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Chronicly pulling calf muscles.

I pull my calf muscles on longer runs(6m)and also doing the faster 400s and 800s. I've delt with this since I stopped doing ultra distance 3 years ago. I think I have tried most of the recomended cures: heat before, ice after, stretching, potasium, orthotics...etc. I now use Nike free. I have seen no improvement with any of the attempts to correct the problem. Any ideas??
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Old 09-30-2008, 10:23 AM   #2
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Re: Chronicly pulling calf muscles.

See a physio? There's nothing really on this board anyone can tell you that they can't. Something that helped me with an achilles problem I had was heel lifts in the back of my shoes, but that was prescribed by a physio.

If this is a chronic problem then the chances are you have alignment and muscular balance issues that one cannot identify over the internet.
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Old 09-30-2008, 12:34 PM   #3
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Re: Chronicly pulling calf muscles.

I often get calf pulls when I'm not sufficiently warmed up.

I do toe jumps (both legs, then each leg separately). Not sure if this really works, but I can't remember the last time I got a cramp after doing a couple sets of toe jumps.

Some people have also suggested that I wasn't hydrated enough.
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Old 10-02-2008, 04:44 PM   #4
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Re: Chronicly pulling calf muscles.

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I often get calf pulls when I'm not sufficiently warmed up.

Some people have also suggested that I wasn't hydrated enough.
I recently had my first calf pull. I was dehydrated (worked out after a meeting. on way to workout, realized I was really thirsty, but had no water). Then, got to workout, and started running, with no other warm up.

So I have to agree with Jeff.
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