Q. “I recently started running again after a (too long) break and I’ve found getting back into the groove has been more difficult than I imagined.
In particular, my calves get super tight and feel like immovable blocks. Any recommendations?
I’m wondering if (a) I’m under hydrated or (b) part of the problem is my shoes, which I admit are probably shot. My goal is to get in the habit of doing 12 to 15 miles a week comfortably, so I’m not looking to become a frequent marathoner.”
A. First and foremost: If YOU say your shoes are shot, then they probably are!
Get fitted at one of the Running Company stores, which would involve a treadmill run. You may not even be in a shoe that’s right for you.
Also, make sure you’re doing an exercise program that can help you get your “running muscles” back to form — check out my level 1 and 2 hip program for runners (if you can’t do at least level 1, then get on it!!).
You can also check out my article on how a beginner can get started safely. When you’ve taken a long time off, your body isn’t ready to do the same intensity or mileage it was before. Hopefully stretching and foam rolling can be a part of this program as well.