Happy National Running Day! Oh boy do I love running and although I am taking a few days off to mend my foot I did get to watch our car do a color run yesterday…aka the car wash.
Oh does it ever pay to have great friends. For some reason my Achilles is not a big fan of my flying. Every time I board a plane it decides to swell up and ache. The 7 mile run on Sunday probably didn’t help, but I was feeling so good!
When I woke up on Monday I could barely put any weight on my foot and when I went out to run errands I soon realized it wasn’t going to happen. I desperately texted my friend who is a physical therapist and I couldn’t believe the response I got. “I don’t want you walking around I am going to come by after work.”
Do you hear that? It was angels singing down from heaven. What an awesome guy.
He showed up and quickly diagnosed the problem. “I can’t believe how much tension you are holding in your calves!” With that he went to town massaging (although it didn’t feel like a “massage”) and kneading my tight calves.
I like to pride myself on having a rather high pain tolerance. But I was gritting my teeth, grabbing anything in sight and doing a bit of painful moaning. Meanwhile my husband sat nearby in the kitchen. At one point he tried making a joke about the situation and I made a not so nice comment back to him with a few choice words. Between my husband in the kitchen, me on the floor, and my friend digging his elbow into my calves I am pretty certain it was quite a sight. If the neighbor was home I am sure he thinks some very strange things go on over here.
My friend guesses that the neighbors probably thought some sort of exorcism was going on in our place. Hey if that’s what it takes to heal this foot, exorcise away!
So what does a girl/or guy do when your calves are super tight? Thanks to Phil I have a few great exercises (that’s with an “e”) for you.
First you need to get friendly with the wall. Keep your rear foot as close to the other as you need and bend your knee as much as possible to deepen the stretch.
Spend a few seconds as the stairs. Allow your feet to sag below the step. Rise back up using your stronger leg and then slowly sag back down. Don’t bounce. You don’t want to allow the stretch reflex to happen which counteracts any benefit you get from stretching.
Finally, spend some time with The Stick. This guy is so painful. I left mine back at our summer house so I found a nice travel sized version called the Tiger Tail. I guess most people go away with travel sized shampoo and we runners take our pain inflicting implements with us on the road.
Phil finished my legs off with this rather sexy Rock Tape. I made sure to match my shorts before I headed out for a walk.
In the meantime I am enjoying my walks around the city. New York is a great place to wander and there is always something fun and new to see. Last night I was sick of being inside so I took off on a walk in the rain. The rain soon stopped and I had a lovely walk. I was really pleased to see how many people got out and did their runs and walks in the rain. Way to go! Running in the rain is one of my favorites. Don’t let it stop you from getting that workout in.
Anyone else have annoying tightness in their calves? Care to share some of your favorite (painful) remedies?