Sunday, December 11, 2011

Return of the Calf Knot

Distance 7.5km [total: minimalist 256.3km: Barefoot 1963.7km] Week 50

Monday, 5-Dec. 5.5km
A good day for running. The ankle is feeling a slight bit better but now I have sore calve. I was going to run an 8km today but having sore calves does not make for the best running experience so I called it quits after a run down the beach then halfway back. You have to run how you feel and if it doesn't feel right just stop.

Wednesday, 7-Dec. 2km
The tide was on its way in and the sand was soft and angled at the north end of the beach.  I started slow to get into the right rhythm but I was aware of some calf tightness in my left leg, left over from some deadlifts at the gym I assumed. After a kilometre I decided to come off the beach and run on the pavement, the pavement was hot from a day under the sun and I started to worry that I may get some foot blistering if I kept it up for too long so I headed back to the beach. That was when the calf tightened and it became painful, I stopped straight away and had a bit of a dip in the water. There was no way I could run on it now so I had no choice but to walk back to the car. I thought I'd put all this behind me well over a year ago but no it doesn't seem to matter how many years of barefoot running is under your belt the calf problems can still arise.
I am no on enforced rest for this week, I'll see how it feel next week, meanwhile I'll keep up with the Thera roller to see if I can find where the problem areas are and massage them out.



  1. Oh no!! Sad to hear you knot monster is back and whining. Mine is always there waiting to be awakened. I feel it when I roll it out every morning. Even though its not sore and tender its there. At least it hasn't bothered me for well over a year now. *crossing fingers*

  2. To add insult to injury, I got a puffy ankle as well. That's going down now but it looked yeuk!