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Can anyone help!
Over the last two months I've found that when running after about 2 / 3 miles my right calf tightens and rather than continue running for fear of injury I stop, walk home and do some stretching. I had a deep tissue massage earlier this week and was told that my right side was tighter than the left, the main areas being by calf and quads. Off the back of this I was advised that I should add a stretching session to my marathon training programme (I due to run the MK marathon) and also my after run stretches should be held for 1 minute as opposed to the 20 seconds that I'd been doing. I also attend vibro training sessions, the focus on these sessions has been to loosen up the tightness and improve blood flow but now I want to focus on strength.
Has anyone any suggestions how I can get rid of this problem, is it a matter of strength and stretching exercises for my calf and if yes, do I limit my mileage for a period which is depressing as I really looking to put in some decent distance runs as part of my marathon training.
I ran today and found that I started to feel a slight tightness after 2 miles but I kept running to see if I could run it off. Although still tight I completed 3.5 miles finding that at some points I felt the tightness and at others it appeared to relieve itself. Should I run through the tightness and get in more miles or am I just setting myself up for a serious injury?
Looking forward to the responses.