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  • Pain in the Calf

    I've just started the 26 week training guide to prepare for becoming a SEAL. I am very much mentally prepared and nothing is going to prevent me from making it through BUD/s. However, recently after running even distances as short as a mile at a slow pace for a warm up, my left calf is very tight and sore and it is hard to walk on it. I hadn't been running very much for about a year, so I'm being careful to not increase my mileage to quickly. I try stretching out my calf before and after running. The only thing that seems to make it better is to massage my calf, but as soon as I try to run again the stiffness returns almost immediately.

    Has anyone else ran into this problem? Advice?

  • #2
    Go to a PT, they'll fix you up.


    • #3
      Just ignore it and keep training. Chances are it will go away on its own. If it happens to become so painful you can’t train anymore, reassess. But for now don’t give it more attention than it deserves


      • #4
        I experienced something similar and made my own diagnosis that it was my achilles tendon. This probably isnt your injury but I completely stopped running for about a month and did light stretches and submerged my leg in ice water about every three days. Now I can run up to 6 miles and experience no pain. I still ice every other run because an injury is not an option.