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    Okay so im having a god damn issue with my fitness and while its definately entirely my fault i need a bit of guidance and wisdom from the sages of physical exercise on here.

    Basically two months ago i was running every single day easily banging out twelve miles a day and feeling fine to do so again the next day if i saw fit......which i usually did or sometimes an 8 or a 6 in damn good time too if i do say so myself. Then however i had the brightest of ideas to stop being weak as a wet towel i started hitting the gym and hitting it hard, ive put on a solid 6 kilo of muscle and bumped up my compound movement weights considerably ive never felt so strong........

    Then it was a good two weeks ago i decided to pick up the cardio again too aswell as weights but jeeeeeeez was i in for a shock im genuinely struggling to run 3 miles at the moment my calves seize up, my hamstrings turn to stone and my quads feel like theyll spontaniously combust at any moment, breathings fine though but i just cant yknow go fast....its been a good two years since running has been this difficult for me. So the question i pose to you all is whats happened ? How has putting on muscle hampered me so much, my entire calves and at the very bottom especially just kill and that in turn is killing my mood. Help appreciated!

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    Absolutestudmuffin I'm sure some more proficient hive members will answer soon. But in the meanwhile i will take my take on the issue
    I don't think that's it's the amount of muscle you put on. My idea is more like: did you do some nice cooldown and stretching after your heavy iron workouts?
    Imho it is really important to do some nice stretching for all involved muscles after your strength/body building workouts. Otherwise everything will get somewhat ..... tight ?
    And this is probably making it so hard for you to move. Would be cool to hear if you actually did some stretching/cooldown. Let me know.

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    • #3
      I am sorry to hear that.

      It's very usual for runners who leave their routine to lose "it". It's because the body is smarter than us. It sees that there is no need for it to get ready everyday for running, and drops every kind of work it has done up until that point because it will be useless. I, myself, have had this happen to me not a few times. So just keep training and you will reach that goal.

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      • #4
        I think it is optimisation on the side of the body.
        When you do weightlifting then your legs have the job of stabilising you, this is a solid, rigid job for the muscle, which means the muscle gets optimised for solid, rigid stability.
        That is straight up the opposite of what running is; a dynamic and flexible movement.
        So to me it is no wonder that a weightlifter calf would cramp up when pushed to do running.

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        • #5
          Same body optimization you are fighting atm can help you if you keep at it, though, your body will figure out you expect it to do both.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Nebulus View Post
            Absolutestudmuffin I'm sure some more proficient hive members will answer soon. But in the meanwhile i will take my take on the issue
            I don't think that's it's the amount of muscle you put on. My idea is more like: did you do some nice cooldown and stretching after your heavy iron workouts?
            Imho it is really important to do some nice stretching for all involved muscles after your strength/body building workouts. Otherwise everything will get somewhat ..... tight ?
            And this is probably making it so hard for you to move. Would be cool to hear if you actually did some stretching/cooldown. Let me know.
            Haha yeah very little stretching has been done on my part at the time of writing that post but since then i have done more but not exactly post workout more like during my weights and then before my run, dont thinl ive ever done a cooldown in my life either except when forced which isnt very often 😅😅 odd that ill spend 3 hours a day smashing my body but not give it twenty minutes afterwards to sort its kinks out, ill give stretching after every session a go and post how i get on, thankya to everyone thats replied!!

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            • #7
              You built muscle really fast so you need to start rolling them out to realign all the muscle fibers. The reason they are locking up is because all the muscle fibers are going in all sorts of directions and actually fighting each other when you do something like running. Get a roller (or piece of pipe or rolling pin or etc) and start working it over the muscles in your legs. This is going to hurt (probably a lot depend on location) but will help and needs to be done. You will see the benefit quickly but you need to keep it up for 3-4 weeks to really get things worked out.

              The way I tend to do it is 20 strokes per area and I break things up to a decent degree (example: calf it three parts - outside, center, inside) to make sure everything is covered. It will take some time at first but once you are on top of it you can just start doing spot work and be fine.

              And the stretching (I don't like it either but I still stretch twice a week) like everyone has already said.

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              • #8
                Which do you do first? Running or lifting?

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by aveoturbo View Post
                  Which do you do first? Running or lifting?
                  Always lifting, no way theres gonna be any motivation there to lift after a run and then core on top of thattttt, i am but a man. And the foam rolling comment that sounds like youre onto something there ill give it a try and post results in a week or two!!

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