Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Holy Leg Cramps!

Y'all, it's midnight.  I have to work tomorrow.  I should totally be asleep.  I am in bed, but I had to blog about this.  I just had the absolute worst leg cramps of my entire life.  Not just a charlie horse in my calves, although I'm getting those, too.  These were in the tops of my legs and literally brought me to tears.  I have a fairly high pain tolerance, but this was bad! 

I ran today, and despite getting off to a rough start, thanks to cramps in my calves, it was a pretty decent run.  I stretched afterwards like normal and for some reason I'm feeling pain that I feel like could compare to natural childbirth.  Seriously, y'all, it HURTS!  SO, any advice??  I've done all I know to do.  I eat good amounts of green vegetables and bananas, foods that contain potassium.  I stretch after every run.  I've tried heat.  I've tried ice.  What else?  Should I maybe start a potassium supplement even though I feel like I eat plenty of potassium containing foods? 

I know there are plenty of you out there that have gone through this, and it may seem petty, but I promise you...there's not a lot of pain that will bring me to tears...and I mean flowing tears.  But this has!  Any suggestions are appreciated!!


1 comment:

  1. Drink even more water than you would normally. They say you should take your weight and divide it in half and that's how much water you should be drinking BUT since you're running in the MEM heat, you may need to drink more. Also, Drew used to use Gatorlytes (electrolytes from Gatorade) for his football players that cramped and those seem to help (they're gross - taste like you're drinking salt water but work)