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Calf stretches?

I'm in the middle of C25K (just finished W3D2) and I'm noticing that my calves are hurting about halfway through each run. However, it is only the sides of my calves (not the center back like usual place you stretch). Are there any stretches I can do to stretch out this specific area before running?

 TIA! 

Dave and Kathleen - 09.12.09:

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Re: Calf stretches?

  • I had to get up and try this out! I think your best bet is to do your regular calf stretches, but shift your body weight to the side until you feel a stretch in the right place.

    However, I would do these stretches after running, not before. There is no conclusive evidence that suggests stretching before a run prevents injury, and there is some evidence that suggests it may actually increase your chances of injury. I would stick with a dynamic warm-up---skipping, lunging, etc.

  • Since I'm not flexible, I try to stretch before and then do the same stretches afterwards. That seems to help my muscles not lock up throughout the day (since I've really never been a runner). Thanks for responding.
    Dave and Kathleen - 09.12.09:

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  • I'd suggest you jog a short distance or something to warm your muscles up first, then stretch and then run.  Like the PP said, you don't want to stretch "cold" muscles...they tear more easily.
    Jill * Married to Steven 11/9/03 * DS Samuel 4/4/05* DS #2 Jeffrey 6/13/2009
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