Managing a calf through to running a marathon

Hi guys, new to the forum so be gentle. I’ve always ran but never been brave enough to do a marathon. I’m 36 now and for the last 5 years whenever I’ve started seriously running my calf continues to go. I feel a pop and then I’m unable to walk let alone run for at least a week. Has anyone managed a weak calf through marathon training? Does anyone know of any calf specialists I can contact to discuss? Any advice would be greatly appreciated :)


    I have in the past seen other similar posts from runners with recurring calf problems.    I'm not sure how you can sort this but maybe a trip to a podiatrist might be a start, advice on what shoes might be right for you and/or orthotics if necessary.   Might be that you need to alter your running style too.
  • GuarddogGuarddog ✭✭✭
    Welcome Chris and ditto what Shades advises, it may be down to the shoes you have. Additionally is it possible that you're pushing yourself too hard to begin with, either through going too quickly or putting in too many sessions? Are you following a training plan?
  • Cal JonesCal Jones ✭✭✭
    You might be running with shoes that have too low a drop (you don't mention it, but it would be handy to know what shoes you use). I used to always wear shoes with a 4mm drop and then bought a pair of zero drop shoes figuring they would be fine. Tore my calf the first time I wore them. 

    If it's not that, then you likely need to do some strength work. Obviously this means calf raises, but also strengthen your glutes and core. When those are weak, other muscles, including your calves, have to pick up the slack and get overloaded.
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