Cramps – wonder cure

The last run was frustrating! I cramped at the mid-way point just when I was holding a nice rhythm. And later when I spoke about it with a friend, he told me it was caused by Potassium imbalance and recommended ingesting more Potassium – Bananas and coconut water were his recommendations. Another friend (here on WP) suggested using magnesium oil and OTC electrolyte supplement. Since the bananas and tender coconut water were more easily accessible I went for it – had about 3 bananas and only one tender coconut, I also added a little extra sodium to my  diet. Another important inclusion was added sleep. Also, before I hit the sack I popped a Combiflam as the calf was slightly sore.

Things worked out! When I woke up this morning, the calf was OK. After gingerly warming up, while testing my calves all along, I started with the goal of running easy while keeping an eye out for the pain. Reminding myself of the Chi practices, the posture and gait, to limit the calf use while running I set off at an easy pace. Soon I realized that I was striding ok and the pain which was mild at the start was non-existent. Despite the bad traffic and the fear of cramping again, all the while reinforcing the posture recommended by Chi trainers, I ran 10 kms in 58 minutes!

fitbit run timing - 06 July '17!!!!!

So, in summary, the wonder cure:

  • Bananas
  • Tender coconut and
  • plenty of water and rest

I’m not a health professional, but there it worked for me. The goal now is to not slack on the Potassium intake and be mindful about it and the other key nutrients. Here is a recommendation I received:

  1. Racing weight cookbook
  2. The New Rules of Marathon and Half-Marathon Nutrition

 

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A sudden cramp

“The body does not want you to do this. As you run, it tells you to stop but the mind must be strong. You always go too far for your body. You must handle the pain with strategy… It is not age; it is not diet. It is the will to succeed.”
Jacqueline Gareau

This morning’s run was intended to get back in the groove after a 2 day break and an earlier short run. The goal was run 8-9 km at a slow pace and followed by another similar distance but faster pace on Thursday before going 15 km on Saturday. Everything thing was ok till the half way mark. At the 5 km, there was a sudden sharp pain in my right calf –  I think it was a cramp and hope that it is not a tendinitis flare up. I walked for about 6-7 minutes hoping to wave down a motorist, and hitch a ride back home – that ploy did not work. So then, I mustered enough courage to give my calf a quick rub, apply the chi/pose running technique: Engage the core, bend slightly forward and use the hamstring. I was able to hobble back home.

A friend informed that Potassium deficiency causes such incidents and one should rely on bananas and coconut water. I intend to put this advice to use tomorrow still hoping to be ready for the 9km fast(er) run on Friday.

So looking forward to get back on Thursday stronger and get a PB for the 9 km mark!