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4/24/12 12:44 P

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Are others muscles tight? I know my calf gets super tight when my IT band tightens up, and my IT gets tight more easily when my piriformis isn't loose enough.

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4/24/12 10:24 A

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Sarah,

I suspect it may be due to your wearing heels....this can be a disaster for women runners. If you have a race this weekend, I would do my best to stay out of them and foam roll like crazy. And if you experience any pain, stop...an AT injury can keep you from running.

Good luck at your race.

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4/24/12 9:56 A

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Nancy, that's fair. Not going to happen before my race on Sunday, though. :) I do plan on checking in with my doctor soon, though, since she hasn't seen me since well before I dropped the weight. :)

I'm not in pain, which is good, and I'm fine running. I do have to focus hard to not run more on my toes than I should, so that's probably a lot of where it's coming from. I wear heels easily 75% of the time when I'm not in runners or barefoot, so that feels natural to me but I run better when I'm focused on my form and not doing that.

Thanks for the advice!

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4/24/12 9:46 A

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Sarah,

My opinion as a coach is,when you a runner presents with tight calves especially if you believe it maybe coming from a tight Achilles (one tendon you as a runner do not want to mess with), I urge you to get it checked out. Remember each of our injuries or biomechanical issues are unique to us. It could be that you are running too much on your toes which is leading to a shortening of your calf muscles. The only way to know is for you to get it checked out, either by a biomechanist (if you live near a university that as a kinesiology department) or a sports medicine doc or a sports chiropractor who deals with runners issues.

And I just read a great article not too long ago that doing calf raises where one raises on his/her toes and drops below the step can actually exacerbate this issues (due to the shortening and elongating of the muscle). I like using a foam roller much better, but first make sure you are not dealing with an Achilles tendon.

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4/24/12 8:47 A

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Robyn, thanks! I'll try that. I usually use the same leg to press back up... which my calves probably don't need the extra work. :)

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4/24/12 8:36 A

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This is the exercise my chiro recommended: www.youtube.com/watch?v=M6EKuuZ7C2E The important thing to remember is to raise your body back up using the opposite foot. I was told to do 15 reps twice a day. It worked for me.

Robyn

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4/24/12 8:15 A

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I'm sure this is an issue for more than me... the whole back of my heel up to my lower calf is tight. Any recommendations on how to fix that? I do have braces that force my feet into a 90 degree angle when I sleep, but I sleep so poorly with them on that I only use them once in a while. I try to stretch after runs, but clearly it's not enough.

Thoughts?

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