Cramps at the start of the run - help!

Cramps at the start of the run - help!

Post by Francis Wad » Sat, 25 Jul 1998 04:00:00


Help!

I did my second Olympic length triathlon this past week and had a repeat
problem;  cramps as soon as the run started that continued throughout the
duration of the run and stopped me from running because of the pain.

Stretching didn't make a difference, but attacking it with vigorous massage
helped for a few minutes before it cramped again.  The same thing happened
in my previous race -- cramps in my quads in both legs in the muscle that
runs from the knee to the inside of the thigh, right at the bottom where the
muscle attaches to the knee region.

Any ideas?  I know I need to brick more, did so before this race but it
didn't seem to help.  Is there any adjustment I can make to my running
and/or cycling technique?  It's a very specific kind of cramp, I've noticed,
and I'm hoping that a change will make it go away or become more manageable.

Thanks!

Francis

 
 
 

Cramps at the start of the run - help!

Post by b.. » Sat, 25 Jul 1998 04:00:00

Aloha Francis,

You should take a good look at your nutrition if you're cramping.  Make sure
you're getting enough fluids and I know people who swear that upping their
potassium intake before and during a race has helped to keep them from
cramping.  Bananas are a popular pre-race snack for people concerned about
cramping for this reason.

Just a couple of things to consider.

Aloha,

-Ben-



Quote:
> Help!

> I did my second Olympic length triathlon this past week and had a repeat
> problem;  cramps as soon as the run started that continued throughout the
> duration of the run and stopped me from running because of the pain.

> Stretching didn't make a difference, but attacking it with vigorous massage
> helped for a few minutes before it cramped again.  The same thing happened
> in my previous race -- cramps in my quads in both legs in the muscle that
> runs from the knee to the inside of the thigh, right at the bottom where the
> muscle attaches to the knee region.

> Any ideas?  I know I need to brick more, did so before this race but it
> didn't seem to help.  Is there any adjustment I can make to my running
> and/or cycling technique?  It's a very specific kind of cramp, I've noticed,
> and I'm hoping that a change will make it go away or become more manageable.

> Thanks!

> Francis

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Cramps at the start of the run - help!

Post by swims.. » Mon, 27 Jul 1998 04:00:00

As a serious repeat cramping victim, I share your pain.  Nutrition is indeed
a factor.  It may be as simple as one or two vitamins, minerals or
electrolytes that become low in your system during training and racing.  It
seems that avoiding cramps is done by maintaining a full reservoir in your
body on a daily basis.  I think that low sodium is my weakness.  Now that I
have started eating salt on my food and putting about 1/8 teaspoon salt in
each 27oz bottle of energry drink for really long rides and runs, I have
minimized the cramps.

Ideas:
1. Take multivitamin and anti-oxidant suppliments daily.
2. No caffeine
3. No ***
4. Drink as much filtered water as possible, all day, every day.
5. Over-hydrate two to three days before the race.
6. Drink a full bottle of water right before the race starts.
7. Drink electrolyte replacement fluids in training and racing.
8. Eat a balanced meal within an hour of training or racing.
9. Eat salt on your food, eat salty snacks during hot conditions.
10. Eat a lot of banannas.
11. Do not drink sodas or carbonated beverages.
12. Do not drink nutrasweet.

Sorry to ruin your day, but if you sweat like I do, avoiding cramps means
serious discipline.

Swimslug
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Cramps at the start of the run - help!

Post by Mosi » Tue, 28 Jul 1998 04:00:00

I found out I would cramp on the first part of the run when I would wait
too long on the bike to drink. I would have gatorade on the bike and
realize the end of the bike was close so I would drink it all real fast,
start the run and cramp in my gut. I have learned to sip all through the
bike and do not cramp anymore.
Hope this helps
D.J.      (IRONKID)