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2013-07-23 5:58 AM


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Subject: Sore right calf or left ankle
I completed my first sprint tri earlier this year. I'm staying conditioned so I can do others in the future. I typically run 2 to 4 miles 5-6 times a week depending on how my legs feel and mix in some weight training in there also. My left ankle or my right calf seem to constantly bother me. Will the elliptical give me as good of a cardio workout? Should I be running less per week? When I began training for a sprint I was 225lbs and I'm now 208lbs. I want to keep seeing forward progress but don't want to blow my joints out while doing so. Any suggestions are appreciated.


2013-07-23 6:27 AM
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Subject: RE: Sore right calf or left ankle
You may have injured your left ankle, so you probably should relax on the running until that pain subsides.
If it persists, I would suggest having someone look at it... could be due to a bit too much too soon type of thing.

You are running a lot, 6 days a week is too much IMO. Some people can handle 6 days/week running but since you are having issues, I'd cut it down to more like 3 or 4 days max, and add in more cycling & swimming.

Running takes a serious toll on your system, and you have to build it up gradually...I'm not saying you over did it, but maybe at some point you did and it's damaged. You could have alignment problems, such as weak arches..depending on what shoes / inserts, your feet can be aggravated by this every time you run. Also how your foot is striking can be an issue too.

2013-07-24 5:25 AM
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Subject: RE: Sore right calf or left ankle
I'm thinking a new pair of running shoes may help also. Come to think of it, the actual shoe feels comfortable and I don't notice any lack of arch support in them. But the soles are worn pretty well so I'm guessing there may be lack of support I just don't notice.

Are there any specific strength training exercises anyone would recommend?
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