Speaking of racing ... I have a race this weekend and next weekend. I'm not sure yet how each will play out, so I'll just do a recap after the fact. I probably shouldn't call it racing, more so running. With my calf issue, I don't see me pushing hard :( They are paid for and I do need the miles, so we'll see what comes of it. This Spring racing season for me ended up a wash, but I'm ok with it. I've learned over the years that you have to take the good times with the bad. There is always another race to train for!
House and home
My tulips are blooming! I forget sometimes where I have bulbs planted and these little tulips were a nice surprise. I'm loving the smaller variety of tulip ... I will have to look for more to plant this Fall.
I was able to run a strong 5 mile run on Monday and my problem calf felt pretty good. I went out today and it was tight again, so I stopped and walked home. Healing from an injury has its ups and downs, but I'm trying to stay positive. On the plus side, the original area of pain/injury is no longer hurting and I seem to be just left dealing with residual tightness. I hope I'm in the final healing stage. The main goal right now is to keep some of my fitness level intact without making it worse. I need to research good calf loosening techniques ... any tips?
Running shoe nerd stuff
I'm still running in my Saucony Triumphs and my sports chiro has said for me to stay in an older pair that my feet and legs are used to during this healing. I've been doing that and now I think I'm ready to slowly start testing out some new shoes again to tackle my needs.
I had my local running store do a new video gait and foot strike analysis and saw that I have pretty good foot strike. My right foot pronates just a wee bit, but nothing concerning and overall I'm still a neutral runner. It's good to see I still get told that, so things haven't changed for the worse. In fact, I was pretty happy to see my feet land well! We discussed my concern that I might need a touch/hint/whisper of stability mostly for long runs when form starts suffering and that led me to two different shoes to try: the new models of the Brooks Ravenna and the Saucony Cortana.
I liked how the Brooks Ravennas feel on my feet, but I could immediately tell with running that they probably won't work for me over a long distance. The Saucony Cortana, however, reminds me of my favorite Brooks Pure Flow 2s! They have a similar feel to my feet, they are both 4mm drop, and both have good cushion. The Saucony Cortana is described as having just a little touch of stability for when you are tired later on in mileage but still a neutral shoe ... just what I was hoping to hear! We'll see how they do, but I have high hopes for them. I have a pair from my local running store and fortunately can return if they don't work out. Fingers crossed! I still have some miles left on my Saucony Triumph 10s and will probably still use them up as well. I tried the new Saucony Triumph 11s and they felt a little 'bigfoot' to me whereas the Cortana felt more flexible and less clunky, if that makes sense?
What do you think of calf tightness? Do you have a method of loosening up the calves?
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