Tight calves and Easter strategies


I’m blogging from home today due to the nasty stomach bug that attacked my youngest daughter early this morning. She’s sleeping comfortably right now and I’m trying to type quietly so as not to wake her (anyone know how to type quietly? is there such a thing?). 

I have a question that hopefully you runner-types can help me with: lately when I run my left calf gets really tight as I’m running. Why? Why does it do this? I normally walk for 5 minutes before running, so I think I’m getting warmed up sufficiently, and I stretch after I run. What else do I need to be doing? Regale me with your running secrets! 

I was a little worried about how to handle Easter, with all its chocolate and ham and chocolate and marshmallow Peeps, and chocolate, but after talking with Amanda about it, her advice was this: tighten things up for the next few days and then go ahead and  enjoy a few treats on Easter. She said to pick a few of my very favorites and enjoy them with no guilt. (!!!!) As far as Easter dinner goes, she said to eat whatever I wanted but just make sure they were small portions. And she stressed that I should not have any guilt at all – holidays were made to be celebrated, so go ahead and celebrate, but do it in a way that will make you feel good. Balance is the key – not perfection. 🙂 

I remember when I lost over 30 pounds a few years ago that Easter was the holiday where I let everything go and began my climb back up the scale. The months leading up to Easter had been very stressful and for some reason all the chocolate bunnies and Easter ham just sent me over the edge – and I happily swan-dived right into them. So I always feel a little anxiety where this holiday is concerned (really only just a little, but it’s still there). I don’t foresee myself going off the deep end again, especially since I have Amanda in my corner, but I’m very aware of how easy it would be to do that. 

Well, my little patient is requesting some ginger ale so I’ll wrap this up for now, but I wanted to ask – how do you all handle Easter? Bypass the bunnies or inhale all the ham? Answer below!! 🙂


11 thoughts on “Tight calves and Easter strategies

  1. I used to get those tight calves when I was walking longer distances (and running a little bit.) Almost like you are getting a cramp. I haven’t had that happen for a while. Don’t know why. One thing I always think about is ‘am I drinking enough water?’ I’m pretty sure you’re a big water drinker so that’s not it. My brother swears by multi-minerals and B12 (don’t ask me why.) I do take B12 every day.

    About the Easter bunny situation. I’m sure I told you this before. I used to buy Palmer’s chocolate bunnies all the way leading up to Easter, and then hit the stores for the sales afterwards. Now I buy one small one and save it for Easter day. Its more of a sentimental thing than a “this is the best thing in the world” thing. And pretty much, looking at the calorie count of anything will cure me. My little bunny in the cupboard is 300 calories, which is hard for me to swallow (haha, I made a pun there.) But I agree with Amanda. I do plan a special meal for myself on Easter (I like to stay home on Easter.) Its within reason, but I don’t count calories, and I enjoy it.

  2. I’m usually on my own for Easter holidays, so I just have to avoid buying the Kinder chocolate bunnies. I think we all know how well that’s working for me *ahem*

  3. It’s very important to stretch after working out as well, not just before. Lactic acid builds up in the leg muscles during running, walking or other aerobic exercise and if no stretching is done afterwards it takes longer for this acid to be removed from the muscles and discarded as waste products. The stretching also helps the muscles to relax and lose the tenseness. So remember to stretch your calf and thigh muscles after a workout as well as any other muscles used in a core workout.

  4. I found out a time ago that sugar is my enemy but still from time to time I try to check if it`s really true…I`m afraid of Easter as I didn`t loose extra 3 kgs from Christmas yet…I decided to eat everything when it comes to normal meals (it`s Eastern breakfast in Poland that`s the main meal) but I want to avoid those chocolate bunnies and eggs…I`m baking 2 cakes without sugar (one with ksylitol and another with honey) and hope to do well althought I am afraid … as usual…..Happy Easter!

  5. You probably need a longer warm up, plus stretch throughout the day might help. Foam roll it, and I agree with Debby – drink water plus maybe add a Nuun tablet (electrolytes) for cramping.

    Sounds like you’ve got a good plan in place for Easter – enjoy the day with your family! 🙂

  6. Well well well, how to handle the Easter is a real concern for people like me and i came across this post while i was exactly searching for the same. I have already started to cut on my foods since a week so that i may eat what eve i want on the Easter and probably i will check on my diet afterwards as well but there is no compromise on Easter 🙂

  7. How tight are your shoes? I literally just noticed that I get the tight calves when I’ve tied the laces too tight. Probably cuts off circulation. I need to find a middle ground between “Oh my god, my toes will fall off!” and losing my shoes.

    I also strongly second the foam roller! That thing is amazing.

  8. I hope your daughter is better.

    I’ve been too tired and Grinchy to even think about Easter decorating and special holiday food plans. So, it’s probably same-old, same-old.

  9. Definitely make sure you’re hydrated, but also what I thought was my calf tightening was actually my achilles, and it was getting ready to be injured. So, look up some achilles stretches and try doing them here and there throughout the day (and on the run, and see if it doesn’t loosen it up.) If it’s the achilles, you need to take care. *hugs!*

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