Thursday, October 06, 2011


After my last update on running I did start c25k again starting at week 2.  I was determined to take it slow.  I got to week 4 again running "barefoot" this time and the pain was just too bad (when I got to week 4).  I took a good month off after that but was still determined to make this work.  I started up again a couple weeks ago this time running for 1 minute, walking for 1.5 min. for a total of 20 or so minutes.  I did great for the first 4 runs but the 5th one did me in.  It felt AWFUL!  Now it even hurts to walk.  The pain is in my inner calf.  It's such a weird place.  It's definitely not my shins.  My shin splints are actually gone since starting to run barefoot.
So my question is, should I keep running or wait until the pain is gone to start up again??

1 comment:

Wendy and Karen said...

I know some folks advocate barefoot running. Personally, I feel like most people's feet need the support of running shoes. I know mine do. I found a running store that specializes in "fit" for running shoes and finding the perfect shoe really helped.

I also do foam rolling. You can read more about foam rolling by following this link:,7120,s6-241-285--11556-0,00.html

You can also watch some foam rolling videos on YouTube. I had lots of trouble with my IT band until I started rolling and now I have no trouble at all. It really works out the knots in a way that stretching and even massage doesn't. If your calves are really knotted up, it will hurt when you get started but stick with it and your pain will ease off pretty quick.

It stinks that you are trying so hard and having this difficulty. I'm proud of you for sticking with it. Hopefully, you'll be running pain-free very soon.