Calf cramps

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25/02/2013 at 14:02


I am after some advice.. 

I have found that as I get to approx 18 miles I am staring to get cramp in the lower part of my calf.

I have read various information about low potassium or magnesium, or just not drinking enough..

I really need some practical advice from someone who has had the same sort of issue and overcome it.

Any advice will greatly apprecciated.




26/02/2013 at 12:27

it could be many things...

is your pace too fast, so 18m is your current limit at that pace? 

Or have you had a heavy training week and you are just too tired.

how are you fuelling yourself?  if you are out for a few hours are you suitably fuelled before going and taking on some drink/gels mid run?

WhizKid    pirate
26/02/2013 at 12:31
I get this too especially on long runs, its only my left calf really and its a bit random, ive been hitting longer runs at approx 6:50 pace down from 7:10-15 last year, i think its a combination of overuse/training and no fluid (i dont drink if the run is under 15 miles)...
26/02/2013 at 12:40

Thanks for your comments,

From looking around at all the other sites and resources.. i think this is an issue of potentail under fuelling before the run and not taking on enough fluid during the run.

I have a 20 miler this weekend and have decided to change my plan of action for the race.. a bit more carb loading and def taking on more fluid early in the run.

I hope this makes things a little better..

It's like anything,, you start searching for answers and you find all sorts. I now think  i may be low in potassium and magnesium....  

i will update the forum once i have completed the 20 miler.... finger crossed..



13/04/2013 at 11:47

just a quick thought, i used to suffer pretty bad with this but touch wood it hasnt been too bad just lately. would compression socks help?

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