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  • #16
    I used to get calf cramps nightly when I was running every day. I took electrolytes, potassium pills, stretched, yoga, pretty much anything I could think of. Last year, I was talking to a running store owner after doing a long run with the DCRR club, he told me about "The Stick" It's a segmented stick you use to roll over your muscles. I have one had one calf cramp since then and it was b/c I let my mom borrow the stick for a week. I have since bought another one for myself and all my friends have them too. Best tool for cramps ever.

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    • #17
      I have gotten them bad too... but I take potassium pills and they seem to go away...
      March 1st 2010: 308lbs | CW: 219lbs / 18.5%BF | New Goal: 16% BF
      Male. 28. 6'4''. Currently working on them muscles and strength!

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      • #18
        Mine have come back now despite taking my magnesium daily. =[ I could either blame it on doing more strength training and not stretching often, or not eating avocado as much as I was before (they're reasonably high in potassium and I had been eating half of one almost every day).

        Although the scientist part of me would like to figure out exactly what the cause is, the part who wakes up in the middle of the night in pain doesn't appreciate that so much. So I'm bringing the avocados back into my diet AND stretching every day. If that doesn't work, I suppose I'll get a potassium supplement.
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        • #19
          Sounds like classic dehydration. I'd suggest take a short break at the 5 mile mark and get in a few good gulps of water or some water mixed with gatorade, 50/50 mix. I'm pretty sure that will fix it.

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          • #20
            Originally posted by mayness View Post
            Mine have come back now despite taking my magnesium daily. =[ I could either blame it on doing more strength training and not stretching often, or not eating avocado as much as I was before (they're reasonably high in potassium and I had been eating half of one almost every day).
            Perhaps track a bit in dailyburn.com or nutritiondata.com

            Potassium needs are typically a minimum of 3500 mg per day but are closely tied to Na intake and Kcal intake. I'm often suprised by how much potassium I miss if I'm not actively working on it. Same for magnesium.



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            • #21
              I was wondering about this too b/c my left calf was cramping up HARD every morning post workout...yeah so that was just about every day. So I was taking Calm Vitality (magnesium citrate) before bed each night...helped a little. Also drank coconut water each day...pricey, helped a little. Then my friend recommended "Electrolyte Stamina" and after 2 days, poof! Muscle cramps are gone. So not sure WHICH of the ingredients I needed, but it was in those little tablets! Cheaper then coconut water too!

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              • #22
                Originally posted by LittleNappingLion View Post
                Then my friend recommended "Electrolyte Stamina" and after 2 days, poof! Muscle cramps are gone. So not sure WHICH of the ingredients I needed, but it was in those little tablets! Cheaper then coconut water too!
                Interesting... that would be these tablets? My cramps seem to have subsided again but now I find myself annoyingly paranoid that they'll return, especially after heavy exercise. =/
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                • #23
                  This has happened to me as well, usually late at night or just before waking up and just about knocks me out of bed, wicked painful. Recently I have been drinking coconut water after long hammer mtnbike rides and have not had an episode in quite awhile. Maybe its working?!?!
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                  • #24
                    Yeah, when i first started, i would cramp easily on calf raises. Now i eat more bananas, and im starting to drink coconut milk.
                    "I know what my body needs and what it can handle. There's no better way to achieve my goal than what im doing now. If my regimen leads to my death, be it in six days or six months...I will die fullfiled. The outcome is irrelavent so long as i steer towards my fate. If death is to be my prize, i welcome it with open arms."

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                    • #25
                      Sorry for getting back so late on this. I changed two things - neither is very Primal however they worked.

                      One is I added an electrolyte powder that I drink before/during/after long runs:

                      http://www.amazon.com/Hammer-Endurol...5957613&sr=8-1

                      The other was using gell (Cliff shots) and/or Gatorade before/during/after any run longer then 10 miles.

                      No leg cramps since then.

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