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Old 03-19-2007, 07:09 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Running + Calves

Since I can remember, I have always had big ass calves. My dad does too, as does my grandpa. It's probably a genetic thing but I started doing cardio last week and after doing a 20 minutes jog, my calves hurt TREMENDOUSLY. They continued hurting for literally 5-6 days and I ran again today and after about a minute of running they started hurting again, VERY bad. It really effects my running, walking, and training. It feels like I get a fat charlie horse in my calves almost every time I run and I was wondering if anybody has any advice or experiences similar to this? I probably won't get any feedback since this is a pretty obscure topic but hey any feedback would be appreciated, thanks!
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Old 03-19-2007, 08:06 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Im in the same boat as you, just for the past month ive been noticing whenever i do something along the lines of running, especially cross country skiing that my calves just hurt and ache. I will say that when i fast walk they ache after awhile.
Now my legs are shorter already but I've built big ass calves and hope someone call tell us what we can do..
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Old 03-19-2007, 08:17 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Are you used to running a lot? If not then its perfectly normal. Its just your muscles aching after being maxed out. After running for a while your muscles will get stronger and stop hurting. All I can think of is to take a warm bath after exercise and stretch your calfs out. Doing it in the bath will ensure that your muscles are warmed up. The big legs will be a genetic thing. My dad has real thin legs and he passed that to me. Apparently they wont grow for a while :|
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Old 03-25-2007, 01:36 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Haha, I have the exact problem, my calves have hurt like hell for 3 days now.
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Old 03-25-2007, 10:48 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I had this same problem in Rugby in the first 20-30 minutes of practice. The pain would be so bad that eventully your mind gets off it and you can keep running. MAKE SURE YOU ARE DRINKING 1-2 gallons a day of water AND stretch after warmup(I cant run unless I do that to this day).
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Old 03-27-2007, 02:20 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I remember doing a hundred calf raises a few months ago and the next day i couldnt walk... I had to bend my knees to get around.
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Old 03-29-2007, 12:37 PM   #7 (permalink)
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After awhile your body gets used to it.It takes maybe 3-6 months before your body is numb to all those kinds of aches BUT there are some things that definately help your muscles.
Introduce amino acids to your diet. They have tons of benefits for your muscles and one is you do not get sore.Which means you can train harder and more often.The ones that help me are L-carnitine, L-arinine, get an amino complex that has the 9 essential acids.I promise this will help.
Also pick up some epsom salt at walmart and soak in a hot bath of that.
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Old 04-15-2007, 11:19 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Muscle size has nothing to do with how strong the muscle actually is. Apparantly you haven't trained your calves to deal with the muscle fiber breakdown.

Protein, BCAA, sleep, and a nutrious diet is what you need.
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Old 04-20-2007, 03:05 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Go to theGNC store and get DOMS Ease. The soreness is Delayes Onset Muscular Symptoms. These pills help to work out longer and harder with less soreness. My legs never got sore before the lungs gave out so i never hadthis problem.

I would also recommend doing a couple hundred calf raises a day. Do them while watching tv. While cooking, doing dishes. Anytime you get a chance. the more you work it the more they can handle.
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Old 04-20-2007, 05:36 PM   #10 (permalink)
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ya training your calves would be a great idea...you probly just have so much muscle mass that has not been used so your legs are in atrophy.....maybe also you should invest in a good pair of running shoes....shoes actually do so much to prevent pain and soreness
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