This was my first trail "race."
20k = about 12.4 miles
It was SUPER hard but I loved it!
The first two miles were rolling hills, which was a perfect warm up because once we hit mile 2 we ran about 1500' up for the next 4 miles. It was tough and I walked/ran a lot. But I made it up! Then we circled around more mountains climbing & falling for a couple miles. It was SO MUCH FUN. I love the mountains. They are pretty!
THEN came the DOWNHILL. My calves tightened up more than I thought possible from about mile 9 until I crossed that finish line. Those 3.4 miles were the toughest of my life. I walked quite a bit but that hurt too. My calves are messed up. This has never happened to me before...
But I did finish! Not the best time, but not the worst, 2:26:14
|Drafting off my competitors!|
|So HAPPY to be done!!|
So I think my calve problem is from trying out a pair of Newtons on the Tuesday before the race. I ran a SLOW 5k in them.
Wednesday when I did hills for my last real run before the trail race the same thing happened to my calves, just not as bad.
So I rested & massaged.
Didn't work good enough though.
I went and got a massage Monday evening & it help a lot... didn't run Tuesday... it is now Wednesday & I did a Boot Camp, we went outside to do some sprints & MY CALVES ARE ALL TIGHT AGAIN.
So frustrating... any advise?