why did i get such cramp
I have run nine marathons, lots of half marathons ,10 miles & 10k`s.
But at the finsh of this years London Marathon, i collected my medal then was struck down by the most awfull cramp. in my calf mucles.
i have had cramp before but never as bad and never so soon after running. i also was sick as soon as i finished the race which has never happened to me before. im starting to think this my be a sign of getting old.
does anyone have any ideas of how i can avoid getting this again, and whats the best way to treat cramp once you get it. and also any ideas why i suddenly felf so sick after the marathon.
I always find shaking the leg out (no matter how painful) and stretching it makes it go away in time. Leaving it alone to recover on its own is not an option!
Did you take on enough energy gels/drinks etc?
Could heat have been a factor?
Sounds like a fuel problem to me.
Did you take on enough water during and before the race also did you eat properly before hand?
yep the lucozade ones are mainly sugar
i can recommend nuun - berry flavour
Use them all the time, for exercising, travelling, er hangovers...
Another method for stopping cramp instantly is hitting the muscle - seriously! Don't ask me physiologically what occurs but it stops the cramp.
so take nuun OR ask someone to whack the back of your legs next time!
ah but look what happened afterwards!
Could it be the lucozade that caused your stress fracture?
i must admit i have only ever used lucozade sports drinks, and never really had any problems.
but nuun sounds like somthing i might try, and will also give the salt tabs a go for my next marathon.
will most running shops stock nuun.
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