“When you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.” ~Franklin D. Roosevelt
Since cramping up while running a marathon on 4/6/2013, I have been searching the Internet for advice on preventing this from happening again. Here is what I have learned.
1) Train appropriately – This was probably the main cause of my cramps. I had bronchitis and sinusitis at a crucial time during my training. It occurred during the time that I was scheduled to be doing my 20 mile runs. I was never able to come back and complete them.
2) Eat foods high in potassium – I eat a banana every morning to replenish my potassium.
3) Pace appropriately – Another likely culprit for my cramping because I was having trouble holding my body back. My pace during the first half of the marathon would have shattered my PR.
4) Warm up properly – I always try to do dynamic stretches before I run to get my muscles “loosened up”.
Limping towards the finish line with cramps
1) Stop running and stretch the affected muscles. You may have to do this several times before the cramp dies down.
2) Apply deep pressure to the affected muscle. Press into the sore muscle with your fingers for about 10 – 15 seconds at at time.
3) Drink a fluid with electrolytes like Gatorade. I carried G2 and drank it along the way.
4) Slow down and walk which I did.
What advice do you have to treat cramps or prevent cramps?