I ran for a long distance and developed stiffness in my calf muscles. I have tried stretching out and hydrating myself. Also I'm giving proper rest to my body. Now the stiffness is easing out a bit.

My question is, what regime or precautions should I follow so that I should not develop any more stiffness in my calf muscles? Would running again for short distance after 2-3 days will ease out the stiffness, as if I'm getting used to it?

And what normally is the recovery time?

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    Was this a one time thing that you ran the long distance? Or do you do it regularly? How much more than your regular was was the long distance?
    – JohnP
    Aug 7 '12 at 5:35
  • Yes this was one time thing, but I'm gradually increasing my distance. I want to run for a half marathon in about 2 month time. I ran for 12.5 kms on Sunday and since then, the calf muscles have stiffened. When I walk, it appears like my calf muscles will tore away.
    – Ankit Garg
    Aug 7 '12 at 6:32
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    Some of the answers to your earlier question, see fitness.stackexchange.com/q/7452/3778, "how run a marathon in 12 weeks" has some recommendations on what to do when you are injured
    – FredrikD
    Aug 7 '12 at 9:34
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    @fredob - Thanks, I missed the connection. Guess all the predictions of "You're likely to be injured" were on the mark.
    – JohnP
    Aug 7 '12 at 15:11
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    @RobinAshe Thanks for motivation. I also feel the same thing. :)
    – Ankit Garg
    Aug 8 '12 at 5:05

It doesn't sound like you're necessarily injured per se, but that you've definitely overdone your training.

As stated in answers and comments to your other question, back off the distance, speed, or both for a bit. Your body needs time to adapt.

  • Yes I have rested for 4 days now. And the stiffness is almost gone. I took into consideration the views of other people and sticking to it.
    – Ankit Garg
    Aug 8 '12 at 5:03

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