so lately i've been having some interesting pains and then last week these pains turned into full blown cramping and shooting pain in both of my calves. i've been having problems running well and comfortably the past few months and it turns out IT WAS THE SHOES!
yesterday, i went back to my new balance 1500s to run my 18mi long run. my calves freaked out the first 3 miles like they had been doing and i thought it was going to be another crappy and painful run. by mile 4 they felt fine. no pain, no cramping, no fatigue... so... i just kept on keeping on.
i have been running in new balance 1400s since i began running and i graduated last year to the 1500s because they provide more stabilization. turns out... my feet (and subsequently legs) need this stabilization.
today i ran 10mi in steady rain. no issues whatsoever with my calves. no pain in any of my body. it was wonderful!
for the past month, i've been running extremely consistently and hitting all my miles (albeit slow as molasses) on the dot. i'm really happy with the progress i'm seeing. my runs are still challenging but maybe with the shoe switch back that will fade too. the lesson here is don't mess with a good thing.
how's your spring training coming along? what race are you training for? what motivates you to keep going when you just don't want to run?