A couple of weeks ago I posted to you all about my calf problem. Thanks to all of your comments, I hydrated myself beyond belief, rolled and rolled on those big ol' muscles, and hit the store for some new runners. The first thing the clerk told me after measuring my foot was that the shoe I was wearing (which he also noted was quite an "old" model of Brooks) was 1 1/2 sizes too small! Apparently my feet have grown quite a bit in the last couple of years! So, the guy tells me that he's about 105% sure that my shoe was the source of the problem. Indeed it was, because now I'm set up with a nice new pair of running shoes, sized up just right with the right kind of support and my last 4 runs have been amazing. I've been able to increase my distance without dying of pain and now feel like I'm actually going to be able to do this thing (I'm running a half marathon in July). I feel like a million dollars now and have NO calf pain AT ALL! Hooray! Guess it's no secret that I'm obviously a new runner! I love it so much though and it seems to get better with each run.
Now I have a new question - for those of you running SLC in April, or who have run marathons or halfs before, how much will you run the long run before the race and through the week before?