(Closed) Runners…has this happened to you? Advice?

posted 6 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
64 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

I hope you are feeling better by now! And sorry this hasn’t happened to me but since you’re not getting much of a response I would recommendthe forums at Runner’s World magazine online. You should get more of a response there.

Post # 4
175 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Sorry if you are already aware of any of the information below, just doing my best to help a fellow 1/2 runner!!

Foam rolling might help, as it is supposed to loosen up muscles and work out knots and kinks, as well as an ice bath if you can handle it.

Also, try drinking chocolate milk, as that helps speed up muscle recovery. And ibuprofin will help with swelling and pain if you aren’t already taking it. 

I hope you feel better!! Don’t be afraid to see a physician if things don’t get better soon. 



Post # 5
3720 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I’m no expert, but it sounds like a build up of lactic acid. I would continue to take a hot bath every night abd tgen stretch and massage it for 30 min to try to break up thr acid. If it is lactic acid, it is a common problem that is easy to prevent. Always stretch for 10 minutes and roll on a foam roller twice or three times a week (this should hurt, you are breaking up the acid). Also, one beer (and that is a single one, not 3 and it doesn’t work with other alcohol) within 60 minutes of a long run helps. I normally run, stretch for 15 minutes, roll, shower, crack a beer to drink in between chugging water, and then refuel.

Before I run I fuel the night before (my body doesn’t like it if I’ve had anything to eat in the past 4 hours) and hydrate the night before. I then chug at least 20 oz of water 15 minutes before I go out. It has helped with cramping a lot!

Post # 6
587 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I’ve been having those cramps a lot lately because I switched to sneakers that have a lot less support. I did this on purpose to build up those muscles and tendons but wow, it’s some unreal soreness. I haven’t cramped up as badly as you have but I also don’t run as much distance. But I have experienced the pain the next day when I”m limping everywhere and going downstairs is soo bad. The foam roller definitely helped, I agree w PP. If its not gone by now I’d def go to the doctor!

Post # 7
1645 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I haven’t had any cramping like that during a run, but I have gotten charlie horse cramps in my calves that wake me out of a dead sleep. Usually it’s a combination of dehydration and needing some potassium.

I have never used foam roller after running. (I average 30 miles a week and have done 2 halfs this year). My sister does though and I know other runners swear by it. I guess I’ll add one to my Christmas list.

It sounds like you took in a good amount of nutrition during the race, but that it was too late to prevent/stop the cramping. What was your diet/hydration like the 48 hours before the race?

Post # 8
5479 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

Muscle cramping like that during a race is usually a combo of dehydration/electrolyte imbalance.

Also, training before a long race like that is really important so your legs are conditioned to running.

Do you have a hydration belt or handheld water bottle?  I’d definitely invest in one, that way you can get used to taking small sips every 5-10 minutes from the very beginning of a race or long run.  Gatorade at the water stops is a must as well.

As for what you can do now that the race is over and you’re still having pain, well you’ve gotten some great advice above.  Ibuprofen, warm baths followed by stretching, then ice to reduce the pain & swelling.  You can also try swimming or aqua jogging as the water can be soothing.

Post # 9
6597 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

Cramping is a sign of dehydration and electrolyte imbalance. To prevent them in the future ensure your diet is high in potassium and magnesium.


As far as the pain you are experiencing now it is a muscle strain it is not due to lactic acid. Muscle strains are caused by active contraction (the cramp) and passive stretch (when you stretched them out). Thus, your muscles are torn and it will take a few weeks to recover.

To treat your muscle strain DO NOT use heat (I wouldn’t recommend baths either – even though it feels good it’s not good for you). Heat brings more blood to the area causing more swelling and damage. Use only ice and you can massage/roll out the area as well to break down the scar tissue. You can also use advil/tylenol for the pain and do decrease the swelling if you like.

Finally, if this happens again DO NOT STRETCH while your muscle is in contraction or you WILL tear the muscle fibres.

I hope you feel better soon.



Post # 11
1695 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

@September29Runner:  This happened to my sister when she ran the rock and roll 1/2 marathon in San Antonio.  A number of people had similar issues.  What she was told by the medical professional that treated her on the spot was that the dramatic change in heat may have had something to do w/it (it went from 60 to 80 in the course of a couple of hours). 

When we ran the marathon in Austin (very hilly), she didn’t have any problems despite the hills and twice the distance.  She also was sure to stay very hydrated and carried GU packets.

Post # 12
1294 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

so gald you updated! hope you are still feeling good

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