Cramping on the Run

Cramping on the Run

Post by Brian Lichtenwalt » Wed, 20 Sep 1995 04:00:00


What would you advise me to do if my calves start to tighten and cramp on
the run portion?  

Brian

 
 
 

Cramping on the Run

Post by Mike Llerand » Wed, 20 Sep 1995 04:00:00

Brian:

Cramping in the calves during the run is not as common as cramping in the
quads, in part because the quads are used significantly on the bike and
left very fatigued.

Calf problems are generally caused by running too much on your toes.  
Relax your stride, strike the middle of your foot first (on the outside)
and I think you'll find the problem will subside.

Take care-
Mike

 
 
 

Cramping on the Run

Post by BPSulliv » Wed, 20 Sep 1995 04:00:00

Brian:
You complain about cramping calves on the run. I had this problem, still
do slightly, but I have found a few causes:
-- Too much kicking on the swim. Cut it out and let 'em float behind you!
-- Bad position on the bike. Seat too high or too low will stress the
calves. It shows up right away on the run. I changed my seat height, and
got a more forward position with a forward seat post, shorter stem, and
aero bars, and the cramping cleared quickly.
-- Poor hydration. This goes without saying. Drink to keep those muscles
happy.

I have managed to make all three of these mistakes, and have eliminated
them - and the calf cramps - to a large degree.

If you do get cramps, here's my advice: stop and stretch. I can loosen the
cramps in 20 seconds of stretching, which is nothing compared to the price
of running slower for the entire race. After stretching, take it easy for
half a mile. You'll be amazed at how much better you feel and how much
faster you can go. This is not something you can "run through," at least I
couldn't.

Good luck!

Brian Sullivan