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I get really tight calves when I run or try to walk fast. Is this because Im doing it incorrectly or because my muscles simply arent long enough. If its because of my muscle lenghth, any good ideas on how to get them where they need to be.
Unless you are running on your toes all the time or pushing off very strongly with your toes, you probably aren't "running wrong". You may need to stretch and strengthen your calves a bit.
Try the exercises in this post:
Boston Marathon Finisher
I had the exact same problem. Casual walking, fine. Fast walking, hiking, or jogging/running, painful. I alleviated a lot of my pain by doing three things: (1) do a long warm up and then stretching, (2) landing mid-foot when running, and (3) stretching after cool down. The change in running form made a huge difference. I was gettiing very discouraged and demoralized with the amount of pain I was feeling when I first started C25K. I started reading about running form and watching youtube videos. Then I adjusted my form and slowly, the pain went away. Good luck!
Angel from CA
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