I went out for a run yesterday evening planning to do 8 miles, after 2 and a half miles I had to stop because my left calf was feeling stiff, after walking for a few minutes I tried to run again but I couldnt run at all as every time i tried to push off on that leg my calf muscle was cramping. It is now feeling extrememly tight, and on occasions sore, I am now limping a little.
I am supposed to be running the Bristol half marathin next week but not sure what to do. Does anyone have any advice on what to do to recover as soon as possible and whether or not it is still a good idea to race?
Thanks for the advice guys! Very useful. As it is my first HM and my time is probably going to be very slow (over 2 hours) would you say it would be worth taking some gels when doing longer runs in training and on race day or would I be better to stear clear completely until I am doing longer races like marathons and beyond?
I am running a half marathon in just over a month and am thinking about using energy gel both during training and on race day to enhance my performance. I am looking at using High 5 Energy Gel or High 5 isoGel. I understand the basic difference but would appreciate anyones advice based on past expereice or knowledge.
Also, I would like to know a little more about how they work before I order them, ie do you really not need to drink any water if you use the isoGel and do you need to mix Energy Gel with water. Finally, what is the suggested dosage for them, before/during a run?
I am now training for a half marathon which takes place on September 30th. As I am really a newb on the running scene I would really appreciate any and all advice on training both during the early training and the lead up to the event and advice on diet.
Ideally, i feel i need to drop a bit of weight for the race but will this come naturally through my cardio training?