(Closed) Runners–How do I stop getting cramps when I run?!

posted 8 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I’ve found that my cramps are usually the result of not warming up enough or pushing too hard too fast. So m first trouble-shooting advice would be to do a 10 minute warm up tomorrow, and maybe add some high-knees and butt-kicks (they are exactly what they sound like) into the routine.

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

Bananas!

 

Really, they help! =)

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Make sure you go to the bathroom before you run…not to be gross, but if I have to do some..ehem, business, I usually get pains in my side when I run.

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Are you running significantly harder than you had been?  I used to get a ton of cramps when I first started running but now only really get them if I’m pushing myself really hard or even too hard.  I find there’s two distinct levels of cramps – tolerable and intolerable.  The former can and should be run through.  The latter requires slowing to a walk – I often rub my side a little where it hurts.  Of course, where the line is is all about feel, but if the pain is sub-excrutating, you may be able to run through it and have a bit of a breakthrough. 

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

It might be the food! I have to eat the minute I get up (I am starving in the morning), so I usually run in the evenings if I can’t wait 1 hour after eating to do my run. Sometimes I run on an empty stomach, but my performance is ALWAYS better if I eat.

Post # 9
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Eating or drinking too soon before running can cause cramps.  I understand the being hungry part…I always struggle with this.  But I try not to eat or drink 2 hours before I go running.  It does help

Post # 10
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

This might be a little Too Much Information… but I’ve recently discovered that the bathroom issue that hilsy85 mentioned is true for me. I had been having side aches while running too, and then one day I had them just sitting at work. I thought it was strange and went to the bathroom to… ahm….relieve myself, and it went away! This morning before I ran I did the same thing, and no side aches!

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

Make sure you’re breathing correctly!  I can usually run 3-4 miles no problem, but last month started getting cramps on my right side just a few minutes into my run.  I realized that, with so much on my mind lately, I was breathing too shallow.  I’ve been focusing on my breathing more and haven’t had any problems in the last few weeks.

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

If it’s a side stich, try breathing in when you step down on your RIGHT foot.  For whatever reason (there is scientific mumbo-jumbo related) inhaling when landing on your left foot can cause side stiching..

When i get them, I start paying attention to my breathing and can get them to go away.

If it’s something more intense – I wish I could help.. just wanted to get that info out there.

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

Slow down.  Give yourself a much longer warm-up and run slower for the first 10 minutes of your work-out.  I always get stomach/side cramps if I push myself too hard, even if it doesn’t feel too hard at the time.  Maybe you could get a heart-rate monitor to make sure that you’re staying within your proper range and not overdoing it.  Hope that helps!

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