Tried the Orange/Vanilla Roctane a few weeks back and have had calf trouble since. Conclusion: Roctane causes running injuries due to unexpected surges in speed and endurance, and has a tricky spelling. Actually, it tasted just like all other sugary gels and didn't seem to have any more impact. I suspect it would for better runners. I have been having calf cramping issues for the past three weeks and am still unsure about the PF Chang 1/2 marathon a week from tomorrow. I believe that my calf is cramping and then I am overstretching and causing micro-tears which lead to a propensity to cramp. I used to watch ER and watch House a lot. Any other ideas out there?
I went out this morning and ran 6.6 miles on the canal at a much slower pace (about 10:20/mile) and no pain. Saw some of the detritus of one of Adam's parties
At the 6 mile mark, my calf started to talk to me in a very small voice so I stopped. I had read some stuff on the internet about running on the balls of the feet, so I was thinking about that and trying it, and maybe it was making the difference. I have also increased my electrolyte consumption --I use Accelerade. I spent 45 minutes with a spiritual advisor/stock clerk at Sprouts looking through tiger venom balm, radioactive potassium suppositories, and calcium helmets and left the store empty handed and a bit discouraged. I eat 2-3 bananas a day and eat pretty well and take fish oil and a multivitamin and hotdogs from Costco, so I doubt I'm deficient in any vitamins especially potassium.
I am sticking to resolution to warmup and cool down and also stretch post-run. I walked 1/2 mile before running and made myself stay slow, then cooled down at four miles and again at 6. Look at these pigeons doing Tai Chi at 32nd street:
This was my message from above and I'm going to listen this time. I'll stretch Armstrong this week and keep cardio at a decent level and see what happens Sunday.
I'm really looking forward to meeting fellow bloggers/families this Friday.