Post-Walk Calf Stretch

By Laura Moncur @ 6:09 am — Filed under:

Post-Walk Calf Stretch

If I don’t take a couple of minutes to stretch out my calves and shins after my morning walk, I end up with pain later in the day. I remember when I first started walking. I couldn’t walk around the block without intense pain in my shins (the muscle at the front of my lower leg). Back then, it was a struggle just to do a mile. I had taken my car to measure how far I had to walk to go a mile and found a nice route that took me past a holding pond. It was so hard to get just to the pond and back, so I would let myself take a break and watch the birds at the pond when I finally got there.

Now, I can walk for miles without leg pain as long as I take the time to stretch. In fact, the weakest link on my body when it comes to walking are my toenails.

It’s so easy to forget how far I’ve come. I get frustrated that I’m not regularly running 12 minute miles, when really, I should be celebrating the fact that my legs rarely hurt, even though I’m exercising every day…

…as long as I do my post-walk calf stretch.


One Response to “Post-Walk Calf Stretch”

  1. Destiny Traphofner Says:

    When I was training for a marathon, the usual culprit for toenail pain was the shoe. Sometimes you need a shoe with a bigger “toebox”. I also went to one of these running stores that have treadmills. They watch you excersize and help you pick out a shoe that fits your gait style and that seems to also help.

    At first most of my toenails were black and blue, but in the end I only lost one toenail.

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