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  • Nice Calves

    Posted on December 21st, 2011 CoachNoah No comments

    Nice Calves

    Nice Calves

    Flexing your calf muscles looks nice, but tight calves can cause a lot of problems for runners.

    Injuries such as Planter Fasciitis, Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome (shin splints), Achilles Tendonitis, Morton’s Neuroma, and Iliotibial Band Syndrome are all linked to tight calves.

    Much like other areas of your body, there are a lot of stretches that can be used to loosen up your calves.  Don’t be afraid to try a few different stretches to find out what works best for you and what fits into your routine.

    Last week at our Couch to 5K group workout I added a second calf stretch to our post workout routine.

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    Push Up Calf Stretch

    • Get into a push-up position
    • Put one foot on top of the other and put pressure on the bottom foot
    • You will feel the stretch in the back of your lower leg
    • Hold the stretch for about 20 ~ 30 seconds then switch to the other foot

    As always, there should never be any bouncing while you stretch.

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    Cute Calf

    It might not be as cute as a calf stretching, but adding this stretch to your routine may help reduce the chances of a running injury.

    Coach Noah

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