I've noticed over the last few days, following a hard run the day before, that my feet get really crampy. This isn't something that I've really ever experienced except for during one of my ultras. During that race I thought it was just that the rocks were beating my feet up but now I'm wondering if it isn't something else. One of my friends mentioned that it could be mild dehydration. Thoughts?
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Try adding some extra potassium (eat a banana)...that can help with cramping.
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it happens to me after longer runs, if I move my foot a certain way or curl my toes a certain way- they lock up pretty hard. I've found that it's usually pretty short lived for me- maybe a couple of hours, of course I'm hydrating and drinking a recovery drink post run, so maybe that helps????
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This may sound really weird but my Uncle swears by eating a spoon a mustard when he gets foot cramps. He says it works like a charm. I've never tried it though.
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Do you think mustard flavored GU will be their next combination
Do you take your shoes off right away? Going barefoot after a long run for a few hours makes my feet feel much better.
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Yeah, typically. I don't think that there is really anything that is drastically different. I've been trying to increase my speed a little bit and have been pushing pretty hard. It's not a pain (I've had PF and know exactly what that feels like) but more crampy or achy than anything.