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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Calf Cramping

Last night I tried to go to bed early, so I could get up for the morning group workout this morning. I was in bed by 10, but I could not, for the life of me, fall asleep. My mind just would not turn off. I think I finally fell asleep somewhere between 11 and 11:30.

I did manage to wake up when the alarm went off at 5am, however immediately upon standing, I knew I was going to have to call it. Both of my calves were all cramped up and horrifically sore. It was bad enough that I was having trouble walking, and I knew if I went to the group workout, I was going to push it too much and hurt something.

So I called it, and crawled back in bed.

When I woke up again at 7 my calves were still all cramped up, but it was starting to ease, so I threw on my compression socks under my work pants, and I'm doing some stretching when I can. I'm hoping my calves feel good enough for a run later tonight, but if not I'll have to make it up tomorrow morning, early.

Part of my issue, I think, is that I wear heels to work. I'm going to try to find some nice dressy flats to wear to work on the days when my legs are burnt out from running. I think the additional strain of wearing heels when my calves are already tired is what's causing the cramping. It's worth a shot at least.

I'm frustrated, as yesterday was a rest day, so you'd think my legs would have had plenty of time to recover from any strain I'd placed on them over the weekend. The calf pain was worse this morning than yesterday however.

Anyone have any ideas what else might be causing my calf pain? Or ways to help ease or prevent it?


  1. I tend to get calf cramps when I'm dehydrated. Do you like bananas? They're supposed to help with calf cramps.

    And yeah, when I run in the morning I usually wear my dressy flats. Heels would kill me!

  2. I get calf cramps when I'm dehydrated and tired. Lots of water and compression socks or sleeves helps. Also, I find that no heel (flats) or a low wedge work best. Anything else and my legs don't recover.