Thank you for all your suggestions on yesterday’s post about my mysterious calf cramping issues. I definitely appreciated all the feedback.
A few of you suggested it could be my work shoes causing the problem because they have a heel. While I know that walking around in heels is definitely not good for my calves, I’m not sure that’s the problem here. I’ve been wearing those shoes for a while and haven’t ever had problems with them before, plus the heel is only like 1.5 inches tops.
But just in case that’s the issue, I’m going to make sure to wear flatter shoes on a more regular basis.
More likely though, I think the culprit is what several of you pointed out — electrolyte deficiency.
I drink a ton of water during the day, which is good for hydration, but apparently bad for diluting electrolytes. And as much as I’ve been sweating on my runs lately, I know I’m losing a lot of electrolytes that way.
It doesn’t help that I’m also probably the only runner in the world that absolutely hates bananas. Like seriously, they are vile. So I’m definitely not getting my potassium from them. Which begs the question….where exactly am I getting my potassium?
So my new plan of attack is to start sipping on some Nuun more often.
I usually carry Gatorade with me on my long runs, but Nuun will work better on my shorter runs when I don’t need all the calories in Gatorade. I also think it would be good to start drinking some Nuun the night before my runs to top of the electrolyte supplies, at least while these awful summer running conditions stick around.
So that’s my plan of attack for now. I’m hoping the combo of flats, more electrolytes and wearing my compression sleeves will help beat these stupid calf cramps.