I train at about 80 miles/week at roughly a 6 minute/mile pace. I run
pain free during training; however, I experience extreme calf pain when
wearing racing flats or spikes during speed work and races. My calves
are sore for a couple of days after these workouts. I stretch
extensively (with and without heat) and use whirlpool treatments
following runs. I have also tried several different racing flats and
spikes. What should I try next?
Leanord, it sounds to me like you get the support you need from your running shoes, but not from your spikes or racing flats. Unfortunately, that type of shoe has a low profile, and as a result, is not very suitable for orhtotics. I hope you are able to get some orhotics made, because your problem is biomechanical. You might try Superfeet, and if those do not fit, or if they do not work, then you will have to pay the piper, and get racing orthotics made. We use a very high density ultralight foam for racing flats, and we do what we can to get them in the shoe. Find a PT in your neck of the woods who can work with you to make a device that fits. By the way, once you get orthotics, you get o keep comming back until you are happy with them. They do no good if you are unable to use them!