I recently started training for figure competitions and I've been having to get used to the five-inch death traps they call figure heels for the last few weeks. Around the same time I added in HIITS to my workout. I was doing maybe ten minutes of sprints on an incline every day to every other day; I'm not in the greatest of cardio shape but it wasn't like I never did any running. The combo of wearing those heels and doing sprints started DESTROYING my ankles and calves, and not in a good way. Just walking anywhere felt like death.
I took about a week off from cardio and I haven't worn my heels in about two weeks. Two days ago I tried to do some light "sprints" (it wasn't much of a sprint, I did 7 mph on the treadmill) for maybe fifteen minutes without the incline and it felt a bit better, but still hurt like hell when I ran. The next day if I even broke into a light jog for a step or two when I was crossing the street or something, it was almost crippling. I literally was limping to my car.
I've been icing and rubbing my legs down with Icy Hot and even though there's little pain when I walk, I still can't even jog for a step or two without having massive pain. I've never had this problem when I was only lifting. I figured I'd switch to the elliptical for my cardio, but does anyone know what might be making the pain so bad or what I can do to fix it?