Last night I did two things differently.
The first was something I have done before; I massaged my calf muscles and Achilles tendons after my shower because they have been hurting a lot just lately.
The other is something I have never done before, or if I have it was when I first started running.
I put my spikes on before I started doing anything.
All I intended to do was a few easy miles on the grass, which is what I did mostly, though I stopped for a short while to demonstrate hurdling on the track.
This experiment came about because I have just been reading “Born to Run” and a lot of what I have read I have been thinking about for a long time. So I thought I would run in shoes with no heel just to see how much effect it would have on my aching Achilles and calves.
I can’t believe the difference.
I wish I had not done the massaging so I could say it was the shoes. All I can say is that I’ve tried massage and ice before in an attempt to ease my aches, all to no avail.
So I was surprised this morning when I got up and my calf muscles were not as hard as rock and my Achilles were not frozen.
In fact, it felt like I had a new pair of legs.
I don’t know if it was the shoes, but I have read that once you get rid of your running shoes and wear shoes that are good for running instead, you expect the worse and the opposite happens.
So now it is time for more experimenting. I have been thinking about getting some plimsolls for a long time now and this has made me want to take action as soon as I can.