I’ve been noticing a less-than-fun trend on my runs lately.
About a mile in to my workouts, my calves start to seize up like crazy, to the point that it’s painful every time my foot hits the ground.
I end up having to pull off to the side of the road and spend a solid five to 10 minutes stretching everything out. Usually after that, I can continue on my run without too much of a problem.
I’ve never really had this happen before, and I’m not sure what’s causing it now, but it’s starting to get extremely annoying.
I’m not sure if it’s a heat and humidity thing, a dehydration thing (although I highly doubt that one) or is a result of something else all together, so I’m not sure what the best plan of attack is to prevent it from happening.
I’ve started wearing my compression sleeves more often to keep the blood flowing through my legs, but even that’s not really helping.
I’m usually pretty good about stretching after my runs, and I drink a ton of water during the day, so I don’t think it’s either of those things.
Anyone have any other suggestions or tips for how I can prevent this from happening. The last thing I want is to have this happen in the middle of a race when I’d lose valuable time trying to get everything to loosen up.