I did my second treadmill run this morning, after two rest days and followed by copious amounts of stretching, and still I felt the twinge of strain/soreness in my right calf. I kept stretching throughout the day, but it didn’t do any good. It’s never a shooting or stabbing pain, just an ache. But the intensity changes depending on my run. So I talked to some people about it and they all thought I needed new shoes. Well, regardless of how long you have had your shoes it’s really more about mileage than time, and I don’t have a ton of mileage on these guys despite purchasing them in October of last year.
So I headed into John’s Run Walk Shop, since I’m all about small businesses, and we tried a couple pairs but ended up on just settling for some more cushioning for my insole (it couldn’t hurt) and these Zensah compression sleeves for my calves. $50 is better than $130. For reals Nike, for reals. Plus old dude told me that these are a good investment anyway even if the calf pain turns out to be unrelated since they aid in recovery after long runs. I don’t actually do long runs right now, but I figure I can also wear them when I’m working 12 hour shifts and on my feet all day. Holler.
I was pretty pumped when he was showing me these glorified leg warmers because they come in some really baller (obnoxious) colors, but alas, I have man calves, so the only colors I got to choose from were white and black. Blahhhh. But they’re on Amazon also so I’m planning on getting some pink tie dye ones so that I’ll have a pair for running and a pair for recovery. Reviews say they don’t get that sweaty, but I defy logic when it comes to sweating, so you never know.
This puts me at Week 5/Day3 of the Couch 2 5k program. I keep going back to Week 5 whenever I restart for some reason, but it’s been manageable.
Anyone else tried these sleeves? Notice any positive or negligible results? I’d love to get some feedback, all I have right now are Amazon reviews. So I’ll keep wearing ’em, and I’ll report back after my next run.