Monday, January 12, 2009

One Bells

Grandfather rang his chimes at 1:00 am. Less than a minute later, my alarm went off. I'm not kidding. It's 5:20 am. How could that be? Could it be I slept right through my screaming calves? Perhaps I fell deep into a coma and was only dreaming about what to post about today. Does your blog and body keep you all all night like my blog and body does?

My calves are screaming "compress me!" So, I've been searching for the best and right compressions sleeves for my babies. I came across Zensah through my search and was wondering if anybody had any experience with their products. I'm loving the idea of those running leg sleeves but they only come in S/M. I have big calves which makes boot shopping challenging. I'm not into cutting off my circulation, I want to enhance it so if anybody has anything else to recommend I would greatly appreciate their input.

I've got compression socks, but not really liking them as they circulation cutters at the knees and I have XL's. I'm already into the ice packs, I even wear them to bed to calm the screams, but I think I need something beyond ice. HELP! :P

Today's workout: 45 min spin, 3 mile run. RUN ON!

14 comments:

Denise said...

Oh, that sucks. Sorry about the calf pain. I have no advice b/c thankfully I don't have this problem...yet...

Diana said...

I hate those countless wasted hours wondering what to blog, or what is everyone else saying on their blogs! I too have many of sleepless nights......there must be a word for this condition!
I have no calf problems like this to speak of, thankfully, just tight hips that won't stretch for anything.
Best of luck!

joyRuN said...

Sorry to hear about your calves - I haven't had that problem either.

I haven't seen anyone running with those compression thingies.

Kelly said...

Hmmm compression socks... You learn something new every day!

AKA Alice said...

Last winter I was having screaming-calf issues... After every run (either on the treadmill or on the streets), I'd dunk my legs in the pool for about 5-10 minutes (as long as I could stand it). In the winter, our pool is between 45 and 50 degrees (coooold). It was painful, but it worked, and I haven't had shin splint issues since.

I'm sure the cold water out of the spout is pretty cold in Colorado now, so maybe ice-baths would help?

I did giggle when I saw the photo of the leg sleeves...They reminded me of some really cool knee-socks I wore in Jr. High :-))

Janice {Run Far} said...

Oh man, that sucks. I have never had troubles with my calves, or shin splints. I struggle with my feet. Good luck, I hope you find something that will help.

Chic Runner said...

I think I need to get on that too. Let me know if you get anything good that truly works. I would check out frayed laces, she found some that work really well. (frayedlaces.blogspot.com)

Melanie said...

that sucks about your calves. I've been trying out compression socks, but haven't had any issues with it cutting off my circulation! Good luck!

Fair Weather Runner said...

You could try the foam roller, I'm a huge fan, I use it on my calves (and whole leg and hip area really) after every long run, it does the trick. I ran 8 yesterday and am pain free thanks to that little guy.

I will also sometimes wear ski sock liners and ski socks when my legs are hurting, plus they are a bonus on a mid-west stupid cold day! And they don't cut off my blood supply.

MJ said...

I have SKINS and they are great. You can get full tights or the below the knee kind. I recommend the full tights after all your thighs might need the same action....

Cheers,

RunningLaur said...

In the past I had bad calf cramps for a long time -you know the wake up in the middle of the night with searing pain and legs locked at awkward angles type thing. I found that stretching my whole leg, not just calves, as soon as I stop running has helped a lot. Just another 10 minutes or so - big difference.

Missy said...

I actually have THOSE very compression sleeves, pink and all. I love, love, love them BUT my calves are small. A friend with larger calves tried them and it cut her off, blue toes. My biggest issue (shin splints)is keeping the calves warm to decrease chance of injury, old style knee socks. Very perrrrty. Hope that helps, sorry so long.

Michelle said...

Yikes about the screaming calfs!!!

I am sorry i know not of the compression socks you speak of!!!

Take care girlie!!!

ECrunnergirl said...

Good luck with those calves...I used to get the "charlie horse" wake you up make you jump ten feet outta the bed things.....but it was from lack of stretching. So I started to stretch and roll them with that fabulous stick thing! Havent had a charlie horse since. Hope you find something that works :-)