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    whenhen
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    Cramps

    Post by whenhen on Sat Nov 15, 2008 9:43 pm

    Today for a 12 miler, I was cramping up virtually the entire time. I had 1 dixie cup of watered down gatorade every three miles, and drank 1.5 L of water the prior day.
    I didn't have breakfast before that, and yesterday's dinner was a slice of pizza and a slice of pumpkin pie at my school's homecoming game (we lost).
    If it's relevant, the temp fluctuated between 77-91 degrees F for the run.
    How do I stop cramping up during runs, because this is like the 3rd time in the past two weeks that I've cramped up for the full run.
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    Re: Cramps

    Post by T B K on Sat Nov 15, 2008 10:16 pm

    When I usually cramp up I try belly breathing and it works well if you hold it up for about a minute or so.
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    Re: Cramps

    Post by Kugar on Sat Nov 15, 2008 11:29 pm

    Sometimes a little extra potassium before you run can help if it's a muscular issue. If it's lung/chest pain (like a stitch?) sometimes it's good to slow your breathing down and make sure you aren't breathing unevenly or anything. Were you hydrated before you ran, or did you just start during practice? I don't know if that's enough water depending on how fast you were going....
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    Re: Cramps

    Post by Running With Scissors on Sun Nov 16, 2008 2:03 am

    I use to get a lot of side cramps. One word fix- Relax.


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    Re: Cramps

    Post by Pinthin on Sun Nov 16, 2008 2:08 am

    My coach told me to stride or belly breathe when I felt one coming on, it seems to work. But sometimes they get so bad the pounding hurts and striding just makes it worse.

    Try stretching your sides really well next time before you run.
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    Post by FinishingKick on Sun Nov 16, 2008 1:33 pm

    I get cramps almost every time I run.
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    Re: Cramps

    Post by whenhen on Mon Nov 17, 2008 1:04 am

    Once the smoke clears up, I'll try to start stretching the sides more, and do deeper breathing.
    Thanks a lot

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