Sore Calves and the Treadmill
Posted by scott on February 14, 2009
I have been a fair-weather winter runner and have only been going outside when the temp is in the balmy 20s and up. So that means a lot of treadmill time, and I hate the treadmill.
One thing that I particularly don’t like is that my calves get really sore. I have been a sort-of Chi runner since I started running in 2007, when Jeremy threw the idea at me as kind of a gag. And I’m now reading the POSE book and trying to mix some of that in. But the bottom line is that trying to do any kind of “falling” or forward-leaning style on a treadmill is a challenge.
I also love running in my Vibram FiveFingers, but again the treadmill is not ideal. I find that my calves get a lot more sore when I’m on the treadmill, even when I run with 0 incline and at the same pace as I run outdoors. I haven’t analyzed why, but it’s odd. I also find that the balls of my feet get more sore on the treadmill – I’m guessing this is because you can’t naturally lean or spring off your feet as easily – you are too focused on trying to keep up with the machine rather than running naturally. Oh well.
It feels great to be running again, even if only a little and on the treadmill. I’m up to 3 miles per run, 3-4 times per week. It’s a far cry from the the plan I had for this week when I made my 2009 training plan last fall:
M – 6
T – 5
W – 8
Th – 6
Sat – 20
for a weekly total of 45. I’m going to stay at about 3 miles per run this week, do stairs or the parking ramp (the office is in total flatland) on Thursday and see how it goes.