As it's less than a week now until my 10k (Sunday 13th if you're interested) I thought i'd best keep the running to a reasonable minimum, not so little that i'm not working myself but not so much that i'm going to cause myself an injury. I thought a nice 3-4 mile run would suffice and keep me nice and loose.
I got a little over a mile and my calfs were beginning to feel a bit stiff, I thought this to be nothing unusual as it happens sometimes and doesn't affect me, however tonight was a different story. My calfs got so tight that I had to walk for a bit and after re-commencing the running, after about half a mile, I got a pain in my shin that left me walking the rest of the way home!
Thinking that this is going to completely bugger my race on sunday I thought long and hard about what I may have done differently that could cause my legs to stiffen like they did. I ate the same foods, at pretty much the same time as I usually do on a weekday at work, I was up and down all day so my legs should have been pretty warm, I wear the same trainers so i know it wasn't them and then I remembered.......I forgot to stretch!
So people, lesson number 1: Stretch before running. Just a little bit. I usually do some lunges, then running on the spot, kicking my heels up to hit my bum.
So next time, I shall remember to stretch and hopefully won't run in to this problem again (no pun intended)
Until next time people!!
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