Cramping on the run

Cramping on the run

Post by Shawnaro » Fri, 29 May 1998 04:00:00


Have you tried belly breathing? It's our normal breathing like when we are
sitting down or like babies do. We are taught to hold in our tummies and
when we are running we actually breath from our chest-not sure why(except
trying to look thin).
You breath in and push your tummy out and breath out when your tummy goes
in. Sorry if I am being so elementary, but when I run, I can hear a lot of
people not breathing correctly. It's good to try it on the bike first.
Sometimes it takes a few times  to get used to it. good luck
shawnaroo



Quote:
> I have a problem with cramping on the run.

> If I run a "fast pace" that my legs and lungs seem to be fine with (i.e.
> 4.5 min km) I slowly start to cramp and only on my right side NEVER has
> my left side cramped..  It starts low on my right side and slowly works
> its way up to my trap muscle on my shoulder.  If I slow the pace down
> i.e. 5+ min km I'm fine no cramps ever. The cramping does not seem to be
> related to my diet because I have changed my food and timing for eating
> to see if that was the problem. Also I worked at staying relaxed help a
> little but I felt like a rag doll.

> I find on the faster runs I can delay the cramps if I breath like a jet
> engine. I know air is free but I can't really breath any faster.  Also I
> concentrate on a very rhythmic breath, deep in, deep out. I am a big
> runner 210 pounds my resting pulse rate is about 44 and when I'm really
> running I get up to 160-170.  At this heart rate on the bike I have no
> cramping except last week when I swear a power bar got stuck in my
> intestines but that's another story , chew your power bars well.

> Will my body get used to this and stop cramping or is there something I
> can do.

> Bernie Borgmann

> PS I'm afraid they won't let me race anymore because I'm hogging all the
> air:)

 
 
 

Cramping on the run

Post by swims.. » Mon, 01 Jun 1998 04:00:00



Quote:

> Have you tried belly breathing? It's our normal breathing like when we are
> sitting down or like babies do. We are taught to hold in our tummies and
> when we are running we actually breath from our chest-not sure why(except
> trying to look thin).
> You breath in and push your tummy out and breath out when your tummy goes
> in. Sorry if I am being so elementary, but when I run, I can hear a lot of
> people not breathing correctly. It's good to try it on the bike first.
> Sometimes it takes a few times  to get used to it. good luck
> shawnaroo

Shawnaroo is exactly right...it sounds like you are getting a diaphram cramp.
Try putting your finger on the source of the cramp while you continue running.
This should help you withstand the pain while you begin breathing very deeply
and rhythmically for several breaths.  Try breathing one huge long breath then
blow it out for as long as you can and flex your abs really hard at the end.
this will help them loosen up too.  Then try normal breathing again.  It may
take several of these efforts to get back into a normal breathing pattern.

Swimslug

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