Cramps Got You Down?
What is the biggest thing that runners always fear? Is it forgetting our shoes or gear in route to the big race? Sure, that’s never fun. Is it the fear of accidentally getting off the designated route somehow? Yea, although you’d hope the big neon blinking signs would help us stay on the right path. Or is it getting cramps during the race, or even in training? I don’t know about you, but the cramps have always been my biggest fear.
Once you go cramp, you (likely) never go back
It’s a scientific fact (not really, but it pretty much is) that once you cramp in an athletic event, it’s very, very hard to get back to your peak performance without additional cramps. Just ask your favorite professional football player. Those guys even take IV’s during halftime and still end up getting cramps in the second half.
Not only are they painful, but, as I said, they hamper your performance and your time on the road. Would you rather be racing or sitting on the pavement clutching your upper leg in pain? Don’t be like this guy!
How can I prevent them?
One of the things that you can do to prevent cramps is by getting a good stretch in before your run. A good stretch consists of counting to 10-15 seconds in each position. Make sure to push the stretch, but don’t overdo it. Oh, and don’t bounce. That’s just weird and it doesn’t really help. Seriously, no bouncing, just hold each stretch for 10-15 seconds and get a warm up jog of a few minutes before you hit the road full speed.
But the biggest way to prevent cramps is through proper hydration and not letting your body get dehydrated. But what is proper hydration you ask, and how can I know if I’m dehydrated or not? Well, some of the signs of dehydration include increased thirst, dry mouth, dizziness, weakness, probably all of the things that you feel while you’re on your run, right? So how can you really know? Well, you can get yourself a hydration trainer and let someone else keep tabs on that for you.
Enter Halo Wearables (www.halowearables.com), and the Halo Edge wearable hydration trainer. Halo offers their real-time hydration tracking wearable on its website for $149. Get one, you won’t be sorry!