Sorry for the super long post, but I am trying to get out all the info.
I have been running for about 2.5 weeks now.
I am doing some training for a 5k, but I want to be able to comfortably run 5 miles. I don't worry too much about pace, but after warm-up, I try to stay above 3.5, and max out at 5.5 doing intervals as I feel comfortable, on a 1% incline. I run 1.75 miles on day one and day five, 3.5 on day two and four, and 5 miles on day 6. Day 3 is cross training (usually cycling 4-5 miles) and day 7 is rest. Everything has been going really well, and I feel it is easier and easier to run, and my short intervals are getting shorter weekly.
However, on the morning of my rest day, my calves felt SUPER tight. I walked around a bit and it felt better, but I found myself rubbing them and stretching them all day long. I assumed I had just had a good workout the day before, since it was my five mile day, and let it go.
Then yesterday, which is my day one 1.75, I still felt tight all day. I managed to do my run, but it was more like a slow walk. I didn't get past 3.5, and was on 2.5 for most of it.
Today, they feel looser than they had before, but still a little tight. I don't want to risk an injury, but I also tend to fall off the wagon and REALLY don't want to lose momentum.
Is it safe for me to do my 3.5 mile run today if I listen to my body and do what I feel comfortable with?
Is there anything I can do to prevent this in the future? I know you shouldn't stretch before working out, and I do afterwards, but what about in the morning or throughout the day?
I was a runner in high school, but the info has changed so much since then.
Any pointers from seasoned runners?
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